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Number:PS214
Name:Rights and Roles of Citizens
Description:This course examines the various rights and political behavior of American citizens. Topics include civil rights and civil liberties, elections and voting, political parties, the media, and interest group politics.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):Every Spring Semester
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s):
This course was previously titled U.S. Government II

Course Objectives

Students will be able to: 1) describe how America's definitions of citizenship have changed over time; 2) formulate opinions on current debates over citizenship; 3) demonstrate awareness that interpretation of Constitutional rights is not straight-forward but involves a balancing of considerations; 4) describe major categories of Constitutionally-protected civil rights and liberties and some of the major cases in those categories; 5) describe standards informing the Supreme Court's interpretation of fundamental civil rights and liberties; 6) demonstrate awareness of current areas of Constitutional controversy.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
S 2015 CITIZENSHIP:VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION BELLAMY 8 OXF
S 2015 CONSTITUT.LAW...:RIGHTS,LIB...-TEXT EPSTEIN 8TH 13 CQ
S 2015 GOOD CITIZEN DALTON 7 CQ
S 2014 CONSTITUT.LAW...:RIGHTS,LIB...-TEXT EPSTEIN 8TH 13
S 2013 Constitutional Law for a Changing America : Rights, Libertie 1-60426-515-9 Epstein, Lee 7TH 10 Congressional Quarterly
S 2012 Bowling Alone 0743203046 Robert Putnam
S 2012 In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action 0380717204 Ellen Alderman
F 2011 GOOD CITIZEN 1-60426-556-6 DALTON RV CONG QUAR
F 2011 MOBILIZATION, PARTICIPATI 0-321-12186-4 ROSENSTONE LONGMAN
F 2011 Mobilization, Participation, and Democracy in Amer 0321121864 Rosenstone Longman
F 2011 The Good Citizen: How a Younger Generation Is Resh Dalton Revised CQ Press
S 2010 ESSENTIALS OF AMERICAN GO 0-205-66283-8 OCONNOR 9 LONGMAN
S 2009 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE 0-534-63090-1 CUMMINGS 10 CENGAGE LEARNING
S 2009 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE 0-534-63090-1 CUMMINGS 10 THOMSON LEARNING
S 2009 POINTS OF VIEW 0-07-340390-3 DICLERICO 11 MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING
S 2009 Points of View 9780073403908 Diclerico 11 McGraw Hill
S 2008 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE CUMMINGS 1 WAD
S 2008 KEEPING THE REPUBLIC THE BARBOUR 3 CQ PRESS
S 2008 POINTS OF VIEW DICLERICO 1 MCG
S 2007 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE 0-534-63090-1 CUMMINGS 10 THOMSON LEARNING
S 2007 POINTS OF VIEW 0-07-310681-X DICLERICO 10 MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHI
S 2006 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE CUMMINGS 10TH 05
S 2006 POINTS OF VIEW:READINGS IN AMER.GOVT... DICLERICO 9TH 04
F 2005 DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE CUMMINGS 10TH 05
F 2005 POINTS OF VIEW:READINGS IN AMER.GOVT... DICLERICO 9TH 04