Civil Liberties (History/Social Science Elective; US)

Linda Johnson

This course explores the governmental structure and liberties created by the US Constitution and how they exist today. Students examine issues of free speech, religion, equal protection, privacy, and criminal procedure to determine the boundaries of safeguarded rights. Students read and analyze leading Supreme Court cases and legal commentary to develop their conclusions. Current event topics also help to shape the curriculum, including this year’s 2020 election. Class time centers on student dialogue and debate; all members of the class are expected to contribute actively to discussions. Students participate in local mock trial and moot court competitions and engage in social entrepreneurship projects, identifying social problems and developing ways to effect change. Field trips to the Supreme Court and lower-level courts, as well as a wide range of guest speakers, further enrich students’ understanding of the political system. Through the content of the class, students cultivate their analytical, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills.

Text: 

Epstein and Walker, Constitutional Law for a Changing America

Summer Listening: 

Episodes from Constitutional Podcast

 

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