Political Science | Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Y305 | 10653 | 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)
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.  Requirements include: five written
assignments, two moot courts, one small discussion session, and
several smaller writing exercises.