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Landmark Cases: Law and Society: Course Outline

Syllabus

“How does understanding the Constitution and the law allow me to be an active participant and citizen in our Democracy?”

“Why/how does being a nation of law, protect our rights and our freedom?”

We are a nation of law, not a nation of individuals. It is imperative that we consider not just our own individual needs and wants, but instead the good of the society as a whole.

 

“Government of the people, for the people, by the people shall not perish from this earth.” Abraham Lincoln

“A government of laws, and not of men.”– John Adams

“Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“If children do not understand the Constitution, they cannot understand how our government functions, or what their liberties.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“If children do not understand the Constitution, they cannot understand how our government functions, or what their rights and responsibilities are as citizens of the United States.” -Supreme Court Justice John Roberts

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” -President Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

How is the U.S. Constitution the foundation of this Democracy?

  • Why do we need laws?
  • What is The US Constitution and why should I care?
  • The Bill of Rights
  • How the legal system works
  • The Supreme Court and Judicial Review

2 How does the US Constitution address issues of injustice/justice?

Landmark Cases:

  • Roe v Wade
  • Miranda v Arizona
  • Tinker v Des Moines
  • New Jersey v TLO
  • Texas v Johnson
  • Citizens United

3 Criminal Law Crimes Against Persons

  • Crimes Against Persons
  • Crimes Against Property
  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Juvenile Justice

4 Current Cases: The 4th Amendment and The Right to Privacy

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