Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
This course examines Supreme Court decisions concerning the development of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. We will look specifically at establishment and free exercise; free speech, including obscene speech; 4th Amendment guarantees against unreasonable searches and seizures; the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination; 8th Amendment prohibitions against cruel and usual punishment; as well as related cases that have recognized rights of historically marginalized groups in United States history, including African-Americans, women, and sexual minorities through these Amendments. Particular attention will be paid to how the Supreme Court has developed arguments which have expanded and contracted “rights” and “liberties.” We will also pay close attention to larger political contexts apart from court decisions that contribute to the overall development of “civil rights and civil liberties” in the United States.

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For-Credit Information for OU Students


P SC 1113 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours

3 credit hours

OU Students Enroll on ONE
P SC 4283-001

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


Department of Poltical Science at the University of Oklahoma

Start Date

August 22, 2016


16 weeks

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Justin Wert, Ph.D.
Course Instructor
Justin Wert, Ph.D.
Associates Second Century Presidential Professor & Associate Professor of Political Science
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