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Constitutional Law II: Civil and Political Rights(333-0-20)


Joanna Lynn Grisinger
847 491 3987
620 Lincoln St #201
I am an American legal historian who works on the modern administrative state. At Northwestern, I teach courses on law and society, U.S. legal history, gender and the law, and constitutional law. My first book, The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics since the New Deal (Cambridge, 2012), examines the politics of administrative law reform; I am currently working on a project about the relationship between administrative agencies and social movements.

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

Legal St 333-0-20 Constitutional Law II, Prof. Joanna Grisinger

This course investigates the civil rights and civil liberties protected by the Constitution and defined by the U.S. Supreme Court. It will also examine the many controversies over what, exactly, the Constitution means, who gets to decide, and how. We will discuss, among other topics, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, privacy, equality, and voting rights.

Registration Requirements

Attendance at first class required. Taught with POLI SCI 333; may not receive credit for both courses. Prerequisite: POLI SCI 220 or 230.

Learning Objectives

Throughout this course, students should be developing critical reading, thinking, and writing skills; by the end of the quarter, students should be able to: understand the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court cases; explain how doctrines of law have changed over time; analyze the assumptions of courts and policy makers; and understand how the Supreme Court responds to political, social, and economic factors.

Teaching Method

Remote course meeting synchronously for 80 mins, with an additional ~80 minutes of asynchronous, pre-recorded content. Remote synchronous discussion sections.

Evaluation Method

2 take-home exams, participation in class discussions

Class Materials (Required)

All material will be posted on Canvas at no cost.

Class Attributes

Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time

Associated Classes

DIS - Online: Thurs, 4:00PM - 4:50PM

DIS - Online: Thurs, 4:00PM - 4:50PM

DIS - Online: Thurs, 5:00PM - 5:50PM

DIS - Online: Thurs, 5:00PM - 5:50PM

DIS - Online: Fri, 9:00AM - 9:50AM

DIS - Online: Fri, 9:00AM - 9:50AM