Political Science | Constitutional Rights & Liberties
Y305 | 4836 | Westler

What are rights and where do they come from?  This course will
attempt to answer these questions by developing an understanding of
the foundation of rights and how they apply to us through the US
Constitution.  First we will develop philosophic, moral, and
constitutional methods for grounding rights.  Then we will analyze
the way in which rights apply to us by reviewing Supreme Court cases
dealing with rights such as freedom of speech, privacy, freedom of
religion, and equality.  Specific topics addressed in relation to
these rights may include abortion, pornography, public funding of
religious schools, and polygamy.  Over the course of the class, we
will be confronted with the difficulties of morally and politically
justifying rights as well as the problems that arise when two rights
seemingly come into conflict with one another.