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Students will pick a US Supreme Court ruling on one of the following topics: Federalism, First Amendment, Voting Rights.

SUPREME COURT PAPER

POLI 111 US GOVT. AND POLITICS

Paper Requirements:

  • This paper will be the common written assignment for all POLI 111 US Govt. classes.
  • Students will pick a US Supreme Court ruling on one of the following topics: Federalism, First Amendment, Voting Rights.
  • It will be approximately 5 pages in length (excluding cover page and work cited page), Arial, Font 12, double spaced, 1” margins.

Structure of assignment:  

  1. Problems/causes that led to the case.  What are the facts; issue/controversy; and case history?
  2. The Constitutional question raised by the participants in the case. What were the relevant precedents?
  3. The Supreme Court’s majority decision and any dissenting opinion.
  4. Student Reflection on the significance and impact of the case and on which side do they think presented the stronger argument?  Why?

Grading:

  • The attached rubric will be used to grade your paper
  • This assignment will be worth a 60 point project grade
  • This is 15% of final grade
  • Paper is due at the end of the semester, to be turned in via the DROPBOX, under COURSE RESOURCES on blackboard

University Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

  1.  Students apply the themes of Catholic Social Teaching and the dimensions of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
  2. Students demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and skills in academic disciplines.
  3. Students communicate effectively through various means.
  4. Students demonstrate aesthetic, quantitative, and scientific reasoning.
  5. Students synthesize their academic learning with learning outside the classroom.
  6. Students demonstrate a holistic understanding of wellness.
  7. Students apply value-centered ethical leadership skills.
  8. Students demonstrate intercultural competence and self-awareness.
  9. Students demonstrate social responsibility.


Through this assignment students are meeting the following USLO:

  • Students demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and skills in academic disciplines.
  • Students communicate effectively through various means.
  • Students demonstrate aesthetic, quantitative, and/or scientific reasoning.
  • Students synthesize their academic learning with learning outside the classroom.
  • Students demonstrate social responsibility.

Suggested List of Cases Related to Federalism:

Marbury v. Madison 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

Hammer v. Dagenhart 247 U.S. 251 (1917)

NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. 301 U.S. 1 (1937)

McCullough v. Maryland 17 U.S. 316 (1819)

Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee 14 U.S. 304 (1816)

United States v. Nixon 418 U.S. 683 (1974)

Baker v. Carr 369 U.S. 186 (1962)

The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedoms that many consider to be the essence of America.  The five freedoms guaranteed by the 1st Amendment are speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.  Collectively, these are sometimes referred to as freedom of expression.

Suggested List of Cases Related to First Amendment:

Schenck v. United States (1919)

Debs v. United States (1919)

Gitlow v. New York (1925)

Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942)

United States v. O’Brien (1968)

Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)

Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969)

Cohen v. California (1971)

Engel v. Vitale 370 U.S. 421 (1962)

Suggested List of Cases Related to Voting Rights:

Baker v. Carr

Wessberry v. Saunders

Shaw v. Reno

Bush v. Gore

Buckley v. Valeo

McConnell v. FEC

Recent Cases

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC September 3, 2019

Rucho v. Common Cause/Benisek v. Lamone June 12, 2019

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute June 11, 2018

Benisek v. Lamone

January 30, 2018

Gill v. Whitford September 6, 2017

Evenwel v. Abbott April 4, 2016

More Voting Rights cases listed here https://www.aclu.org/search/%20?f%5B0%5D=field_issues%3A283&f%5B1%5D=type%3Acase&f%5B2%5D=field_case_court%3Ascotus

Others Resources for all Cases

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/censorship/courtcases

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/programs/constitution_day/landmark-cases/

https://www.abajournal.com/gallery/nine_first_amendments_cases/

https://www.constitutionfacts.com/content/supremecourt/files/supremecourt_landmarkcases.pdf

https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4968&context=fss_papers

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