Political Science | American Constitutional Law II
Y305 | 3411 | Hettinger
This course examines the policies concerning civil rights and civil
liberties that the Supreme Court of the United States makes through its
interpretation of the Constitution. We will focus on the legal analyses
upon which the Supreme Court relies when it makes these decisions, but our
analysis will not end there. We will also discuss the political and social
factors that shape the circumstances of the case, the outcome of the Supreme
Court decision, and the impact of the decision. By the end of the semester,
you should be able to read and analyze a Supreme Court opinion and know
enough about historical factors, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional
development to understand why such a decision was reached.
Text: Readings for the course are contained in Lee Epstein and Thomas G.
Walker, Constitutional Law for a Changing America: Rights, Liberties and
Justice, Third Edition.
Your final grade will be based on a total of 200 points:
Attendance 30 points
Exam 1 30 points
Exam 2 40 points
Exam 3 50 points
Case briefs 50 points (five points each)