Liberal Arts 319
- International Politics
- Political Science BA
- Political Science (Online) BA
- Public Administration BA, BS
Review and discussion of influential films that address or touch upon important political issues in the United States. By exposing students to classic and/or out-of-the-way movies that they might not otherwise experience, the course promotes the development of critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to view film as more than simple entertainment, but also as an influential means of conveying political ideas.
An examination of law, courts, lawyers and judges as depicted in film. Political and legal attitudes amongst the public are often shaped and influenced by movies. This course will review and discuss films which convey important messages and ideas about law, justice, and the U.S. legal system.
Course centers on the development of the constitutional framework of American government with emphasis placed on reading and analysis of U.S. Supreme Court cases. Topics covered may include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism government regulatory authority, and the rights of criminal defendants.
In effect the second half of the course on Constitutional Law. The Civil Liberties and Rights course discusses individual protections from arbitrary acts by government and other individuals. Topics may include freedom of expression, church-state relations, freedom of the press, minority rights, and protection of individuals from discrimination.
Discussion of the judiciary, specifically focusing on the actions of courts and judges. Questions explored include: How do courts work? What impact do courts have on society? How do judges make decisions? What factors influence judicial decision-making and the judicial selection process? What constraints exist upon judicial actions? In exploring the answers to these questions, students will have a better understanding of the importance of the courts and judicial actors in democratic government.