Rights of the Accused

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Rights of the Accused

Spring 2021

Taught By: Lisa Huestis

Section: A

CRN: 2379

Credits: 4

This course provides an understanding of the constitutional and statutory rules that govern the United States’ criminal justice system. The US constitutional system attempts to balance many complicated and often conflicting concerns. The Constitution has several amendments specifically designed to protect the constitutional rights of the criminally accused. Prosecutors, as representatives of the government, are present to enforce the laws and to protect the general citizenry. At the same time, they pledge to protect and uphold the Constitution. This raises a fundamental question: how does a government defend and protect its citizens from illegal activity and uphold its constitutional principles protecting the accused? This course examines the rights of the accused provided in the Constitution and how those rights have been treated by the government and interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. The political nature of courts creates a fluid and changing definition of these rights. We will examine the historical development of the rights of the accused, relying upon Supreme Court decisions. The goal of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the constitutional rights of the accused and the US criminal justice system.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:51pm 7/9/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 600

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/10/2021