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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 17.245 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Political Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Malick Ghachem 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights

    Fall 2006

    United States Supreme Court.
    United States Supreme Court. (Image courtesy of the Equal Justice Magazine.)

    Course Description

    This course introduces students to the work of the Supreme Court and to the main outlines of American constitutional law, with an emphasis on the development of American ideas about civil rights. The goal of the course is to provide students with a framework for understanding the major constitutional controversies of the present day through a reading of landmark Supreme Court cases and the public debates they have generated. The principal topics are civil liberties in wartime, race relations, privacy rights, and the law of criminal procedure.

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