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POL 311 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 credits)

A study of historical and contemporary issues of civil rights and liberties in the United States that emphasizes cases relevant to recent political controversies (e.g., the civil liberties of the post-September 11th detainees, gun ownership, immigration, same-sex marriage, abortion) as well as those of enduring importance (e.g. freedom of speech, press, and association, voting rights, racial and gender discrimination).  Students learn to read Supreme Court opinions, write legal briefs, and participate in an elaborate moot court exercise.  This course is highly recommended for students considering law school and counts towards an American Studies minor.