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University of Detroit Mercy
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His 466 - American Constitution

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University of Detroit Mercy 466 American Constitutional and Legal History 1865 to Present 3 0 Credits Section R1 Fall 2003 Instructor Office Office Hours Office Phone Course Meeting Times E Mail D Muhammad 323 Briggs Hall M W F 9 00 10 00 11 00 12 00 1 00 2 00 by Appt 313 993 1024 Thursdays 06 40 to 09 10 25 Briggs Hall muhammde udmercy edu Course Description The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the American legal tradition from the Civil War to present We will focus primarily United States Supreme Court cases in context while considering their impact on American life and history We will consider justice as fairness with respect to the following issues throughout the semester 1 Race and Ethnicity 2 Industrialization and Economic Expansion 3 Socio Economic Class and Privilege 4 Freedom and Democracy 5 Culture and Inequality We will also explore the backgrounds of the justices in terms of their education political ideology personal proclivities and the area of the United States from which they came the foregoing are important because scholars have noted that such are inherent in the decisions of the justices Lastly we will examine the Supreme Court s relationship to the United States Congress and the presidency Course Structure This course will function in a lecture seminar format that is the instructor will lecture during the first half of each class and discussion as well as student presentations will proceed Student presentations will be based on a particular court case justice or prominent societal issue Course Objectives 1 Students will know the facts of leading United States Supreme Court cases and their consequent watersheds in American history as well as many past and present personalities that served on the Court ie Waite Field Taft Holmes Douglas Frankfurter Warren Marshall Powell Rehnquist and O Connor 2 Students will able to discuss justice as fairness from a historical standpoint and its relevance to contemporary



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