POLSCI 319 - The Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
4
Waitlist Capacity:
30
Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines key Supreme Court decisions in the field of civil rights. We will study the relationship between law and politics, while treating Court cases as a window on America’s struggle over race. The first half of the course explores the post-Civil War debate over what it meant to destroy slavery, the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment, legal segregation, and landmark cases of the civil rights era including Brown v. Board of Education. We then turn to Korematsu v. United States, the decision that ratified the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, examining it as a link in a chain of events that stretch back to the immigration of Chinese laborers in the nineteenth century. In the context of studying Korematsu, the course turns to a contemporary matter, the legal rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Here, the focus is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and the continuing struggle over detainee policy. The course concludes with an in-depth examination of the affirmative action cases involving the University of Michigan.

Course themes include: the contested meaning of “equality under law,” federalism, theories of race, and notions of American identity.

POLSCI 319 - The Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
27428
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
27429
Closed
0
2POLSCI 111 or Jr>
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
27431
Closed
0
3POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
M 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
27432
Open
5
7POLSCI 111 or Jr>
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Tu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
27433
Closed
0
1POLSCI 111 or Jr>
-
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
27434
Closed
0
3POLSCI 111 or Jr>
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
27435
Closed
0
5POLSCI 111 or Jr>
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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