A Quick Constitutional Review: Discrimination


About the class

Instructor: Dr. Mary Carver
Format: 4 week class, 100% online
Cost: $99.00
Suggested recertification points: 30

A Quick Constitutional Review: Discrimination


Discrimination has long been an issue in American politics and society. While America has come a long way in its views of those that are different, movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo show that we still have a long way to go. Participants in this class will use case law to explore the Constitutional history of the 14th Amendment as it applies to various groups of American citizens. This class will focus on cases focusing on African-Americans, Women, Ethnic and Religious Minorities (Hispanic, Asian and American Indian; as well as Mormons, Santerias, Jews and American Indians), and Sexual Minorities (gays, lesbians, and transgendered).

Goals & Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the legal standards used by the Supreme Court when deciding Civil Rights cases.
  • Understand why different standards apply to different sub-groups of people and why some standards place the burden of proof on the state while others place it on the Petitioner.
  • Identify the various groups that have used the Court to gain their Civil Liberties.
  • Identify landmark cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court that challenge discrimination.
  • Understand why the Court made the decision they did and the legal reason for that decision.
  • Plan lessons that help students learn that law and politics do not always coincide, that help students critically think about the Constitution, law, civil liberties and civil rights in America.

Non-Credit classes start at $99, and are typically available online. In addition to gaining professional skills, this is a perfect opportunity to acquire recertification points, professional development credits, or continuing education units (CEU’s).

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