Political Science | Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Y305 | 13646 | Failer


This course explores the moral foundations and justifications of
controversial claims about civil rights and liberties.  Our approach
will be twofold.  First, we will examine both real and hypothetical
cases in which putative rights and their undergirding values
allegedly conflict with other putative rights and values.  Among the
real cases will be constitutional cases involving free speech,
pornography, flag-burning, public funding of parochial schools, and
abortion.  Second, we will evaluate these cases in light of basic
principles in political philosophy and jurisprudence.  Throughout
the semester, we will focus on the political and moral challenges of
justifying civil rights.
Y304 (Constitutional Law I) is NOT a prerequisite for
this course.