2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GOVT 182 CM - Liberty of Conscience

This course explores the historical and philosophical origins of the 1st Amendment’s protection of speech and religion. It begins with arguments for liberty of conscience in Milton’s “Areopagitica” and Locke’s “A Letter Concerning Toleration,” tracing them through the American Founders and the framing of the 1st Amendment, which embeds freedom of speech and religion in the Constitution. Alongside these thinkers, we will examine Supreme Court opinions that take up the meaning and reach of the 1st Amendment, asking if liberty of conscience is truly the “first” liberty in our constitutional order.

Prerequisite: GOVT 020 CM 

Offered: Every other year

Credit: 1

Course Number: GOVT182 CM