PSCI 217
American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties Spring 2013
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3577
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays, a final exam, and class participation
Prerequisites: Political Science 216 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
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