PSCI 217 Spring 2013 American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties

A recurring question will be the relevance of the undemocratic nature of the federal courts. Should the judiciary see itself as a tribune of the powerless primarily responsible for restraining the political branches? Or, alternatively, should it generally defer to the people's elected representatives? Some specific issues addressed will be abortion, affirmative action, capital punishment, same-sex marriage, and freedom of speech and religion. While the reading consists largely of Supreme Court cases, we will pay close attention to the broader social and political context surrounding these cases.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays, a final exam, and class participation
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Prerequisites: Political Science 216 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3577
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PSCI217-01(S) LEC American Constitutionalism II Division 2: Social Studies Alan Hirsch
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Greylock C 3577
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