POLS 121B

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Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

 

Description:

The constitutional basis for civil liberties is explored. Methods of constitutional analysis are explained and implemented to ascertain the extent of citizens’ rights relative to the broader public interest. Topics range from first amendment freedoms including speech, press and the religious clauses, the fourth, fifth, sixth and eigth amendments affecting the criminal justice system, personal privacy including abortion, sexual autonomy and the right to die and finally, the nation’s newest constitutional freedom, the second amendment’s right to bear arms.

Prerequisites:

Upper division standing or instructor consent

Units:

3

Grading:

Normal Grading Rules