This course will introduce students to the principle concepts of government that underlay the structure of the United States Constitution. These concepts include federalism and judicial review. In addition, the course will examine the Court's methods of Constitutional interpretation. Through case study of major Supreme Court decisions, students will explore the meaning of the civil liberties contained in the first ten amendments to the Constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights, including due process, equal protection, the rights of criminal defendants, and the freedoms of speech, religion, and privacy.
- Instructor: Cynthia Kramer