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The Supreme Court’s Great Debates

Spring 2020
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6 PM - 8 PM
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, and March 4, 2020


Dorothy Rubel Room - 1508 E. Helen St



Please Note: This is an evening course.

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Alexander Hamilton wrote that the federal courts “will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them” (Federalist No. 78). However, it seems the United States Supreme Court occupies an increasingly central role in resolving our nation’s fundamental social questions. After an introductory class, we will focus on the Court’s cases involving religious displays on public property, flag burning, freedom of the press, law enforcement’s ability to stop and frisk, the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and the death penalty. We will gain a better understanding of the Court’s reasoning, predict how it may evolve in the future, and reassess whether Hamilton was correct.

This course is not a repeat. Professor Sakall taught a similar course in 2018, however, this course will focus on new topics and cases.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

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