POLS 0309 - Civil Liberties

Credits: 3

Examines the origin and development of individual rights in the United States, with special emphasis on the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, the free exercise of religion, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press. Students will read Supreme Court rulings addressing First Amendment issues and conflicts over religious expression in public school, the meaning of the "establishment" clause, civil liberties in times of war, government of censorship, and rights controversies arising from emerging technologies.

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