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 Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and lecture notes.

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.


The instructor would like to thank Nicholas Haschka for taking the lecture notes for this course.

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Prof. Malick Ghachem

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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