Unit 6: The Supreme Court, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
An understanding of United States politics includes the study of the development of individual rights and liberties and their impact on citizens. Basic to this study is an analysis of the workings of the United States Supreme Court and familiarity with its most significant decisions. Students should examine judicial interpretations of various civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, assembly, and expression; the rights of the accused; and the rights of minority groups and women. For example, students should understand the legal, social, and political evolution following the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding racial segregation. Students should also be aware of how the Fourteenth Amendment and the doctrine of selective incorporation have been used to extend protection of rights and liberties. Finally, it is important that students be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Supreme Court decisions as tools of social change.
Unit 6 Calendar:
This is a tentative calendar. Therefore assignments, due dates, and tests can be changed at the discretion of the teacher. Students are given a calendar before the new unit is started, therefore they are well aware of due dates of all assignments and assessments.