This course will focus on a study of the Supreme Court’s rules on speech, press, privacy, and searches, including how our Constitution operates and how the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments are protections for everyone. Students will understand how the decisions of the nation’s highest court impact their own lives. Students will also examine the history of civil rights in the United States and how the law and courts have helped to shape history and pave the way for the nation’s current protections, freedoms and challenges. Topics include race, gender, freedom of expression, and reproductive rights. The course will help students to develop their self-awareness, so that their individual viewpoints can be shared in classroom conversations and help peers understand issues on a deeper level, directly from one another.