How has the American Constitution been debated and understood over the course of American history? This course will explore questions of rights and liberties in American constitutional doctrine across time. There is an expansive world of issues that relate to the development of civil liberties in the United States but this course will focus largely on the following: speech, privacy, criminal procedure, religion, national security. The timeframe of the course will cover the constitutional settlement up until present debates surrounding Guantanamo and same-sex marriage. Issues that we will consider include: What are the rights of the Sept 11th detainees? What is the dividing legal line between sexual harassment and protected speech? Can the state ban homosexuality, prostitution, or pornography? What role should religion play in our public institutions and lawmaking? Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? What constitutes a “search”?