Civil Rights, Human Rights and Civil Liberties

This course focuses on understanding how the Constitution works to guarantee specific rights to United States’ citizens. Students take a close look at the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights to develop a greater understanding of the meaning and intent of these documents. Using a case-based method, students debate the controversial aspects of these fundamental freedoms. Using many of the major historic Supreme Court cases and cases of the post-9/11 world, students acquire a deeper comprehension of how the protection of rights fits into the structure of the Constitution and how these rights are the basis of what it means to be an American. The course thoroughly delves into two civil rights movements unique to the United States, those of African and Native Americans. In addition, students have the opportunity to explore a civil rights issue of global importance so that they may gain a greater understanding of issues facing those living outside the United States. This course is open to students in 11th and 12th grade. (Semester, .50 credit)