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Political Science: Const Law: Civil Liberties

POLS 138 Z1 (CRN: 60499)

3 Credit Hours—Seats Available!

About POLS 138 Z1

Investigation of the Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment, rights of the accused, and the right to privacy. Prerequisite: POLS 021.


Jody Prescott ()


Dates: July 14 - August 8, 2014 This section has registration restrictions - May not be a student in the following class: 01 (first-year) Prereq: POLS 21


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Section Description

POLS 138 examines what I believe is the most interesting part of the Constitution: the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments dealing with personal freedoms and rights. Using discussion and analysis of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases in particular, we will cover the freedom of expression and religion, criminal law protections, rights of privacy and equal protection, and the right to bear arms. This course is particularly suited to the non political-science major who is interested in knowing more about how civil liberties are protected in our system of government, but who may not have a background in political science or law classes.

Section Expectation

I goal for you as a result of this class is that you are able to apply competing schools of constitutional thought and theory in analysis of cases, and that you know how to critically isolate the relevant facts and issues in this analysis. I am a practicing attorney -- therefore I see you not so much as students, but rather as new associates. Everyone must engage and share their opinions and beliefs, and respect the opinions and positions of others even as they seek to explain why those opinions might have flawed premises or gaps in logic. Disagreement with others' opinions can be expressed civilly, and discussions about sensitive topics can be conducted frankly but clinically.


Because of the pace of the course, there will only be two graded events, a two-hour midterm exam at the end of the second week of class, and a three and three-quarter hour final exam at the end of the course. Each exam will have a multiple choice portion worth 30 percent of the exam grade, and an essay portion worth 70 percent. The midterm exam will be worth 30 percent of the class grade, and the final exam 60 percent. Your participation will be worth 10 percent. The multiple choice questions will assess your understanding of the readings. The essay portions will test your ability to quickly conduct concise and accurate constitutional analysis, learned through discussion in class. Exam make-ups are rarely given, and will be at my discretion and convenience, given the pace of the course.


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