Fall/Winter Timetable

POL379H1F L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Civil Liberties in the United States


This course offers a survey of American constitutional law in the area of civil liberties. The general domains of doctrinal development to be covered include: fundamental rights; freedoms of speech, press, and assembly; freedom of (and freedom from) religion; rights to privacy and autonomy; the guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws; sexual and familial rights; and economic and socio-economic rights (or their absence). To make sense of the jurisprudential developments in each of these areas, the course will also take account of broader trends in legal history, social transformation, and constitutional interpretation.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements include a case brief exercise, class participation, a moot court, and midterm and final exams.


1.0 credit in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses