Civil Liberties and Fundamental Rights

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Civ. Liberties & Rights
Fall 2022
Taught By: Lisa Huestis
Section: L

CRN: 11269

Credits: 0

This course provides an introduction to the Bill of Rights contained in the United States Constitution and made applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. A fundamental tension exists between the Constitution’s representative democracy and majoritarian rule and the recognition that certain inalienable individual rights must be protected to prevent even the majority from obstructing them. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to empower individuals and to ensure that the power of the government and the majority was limited and constrained in the area of civil liberties and fundamental rights. This course will examine the historical and political development of these rights and chronological development and interpretation of them by the Supreme Court. Representing some of the most controversial issues in American society, we will examine these doctrines in the context of Freedom of Speech, Freedom the Press, Freedom of Religion, Right to Bear Arms, Rights of the Accused (including search and seizure, trial and jury rights), the Death Penalty, Equal Protection and discrimination, and Right to Due Process. Our examination will be arranged by right and we will use both general materials and Supreme Court cases to assist our inquiry. Law is inextricably intertwined with politics, culture and society, as well as fundamental questions of ethics and morality. Our inquiry will require an open and curious mind. Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course. [This ULEC is in category 3, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Arts & Humanities.]

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 50

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:28am EST 1/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 12:20pm - 1:35pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: L104
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022