Political Science | American Constitutional Law II
Y305 | 3294 | Hettinger


	Civil rights and civil liberties litigation take up a much larger
portion of the Supreme Court's docket than it did during the first 150 years
of our nations history.  Why is this?  What role have amendments to the
Constitution played in this expansion?  What role has the Supreme Court
itself played in this expansion?  What role have other actors, including
litigants and political actors, played in this expansion?
	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 Bill of Rights and other amendments to the
Constitution.  A large part of the course will examine the guarantees of the
First Amendment--freedom of speech, the press, and religion.  We will also
explore privacy, voting rights, and discrimination.
	In a somewhat traditional fashion, we will discuss the facts and
legal analyses upon which the Court relies when it makes these decisions and
the doctrines the Court establishes through its opinions.  Our analysis will
not end with the legal understandings of Supreme Court decisions and
decision-making.  We will also examine the political and social factors
surrounding the decisions.  These will include the issues that brought about
the dispute in the first place and political pressures-those within the
Court and those operating on the Court from external forces.  Finally, we
will discuss the impact of the decisions in terms of the development of the
constitutional doctrine, generating additional litigation, and responses
from other actors in the political process.  By the end of the course you
should be able to read and analyze a Supreme Court opinion and understand
the opinion in light of national politics, the development of the Court, and
the development of Constitutional politics.
Texts:
		Lee Epstein and Thomas G. Walker, Constitutional Law for a
Changing America: Rights, Liberties and Justice, Third Edition
Course Requirements:
	The course grade will be based on a total of 200 points.  Reading
the cases and thinking about the cases prior to class is necessary to
understanding the course material.  Attending class and participating in
discussions are also very important.  The course requirements are structured
to encourage preparation, attendance and participation.
	Three essay examinations--50 points each
	Case briefs and in-class case reviews--50 points