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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Dec 11, 2017
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS357 Civil Liberties 3 cr.

This course addresses civil liberties, fundamental rights indispensable to democracy and indispensable for artists. The course examines civil liberties broadly by examining topics such as: freedom of speech and association; freedom of religion; equal protection of the laws and affirmative action; gender discrimination and abortion cases, as well as gay marriage, and the important notion of human dignity. In addition, the course  addresses the right to privacy, the death penalty, and gerrymandering of Congressional districts. We study primarily U.S. law–most of the readings are excerpts of U.S. Supreme Court cases – but the course also includes other readings, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, and considers laws of other nations affecting civil liberties.

Prerequisites: LALW100,FRSM100

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