OSHR 1028 - The Supreme Court: Current Trends and Issues

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

The Supreme Court Term ending this June addressed a number of significant issues including the healthcare mandate, warrantless GPS surveillance, state immigration controls, strip searches for minor offenses, and protection of false speech. The 2012-2013 term promises to be equally interesting with an important affirmative action case already scheduled for oral argument this fall.

Utilizing recent and upcoming cases for relevant context, we will examine both broad and specific constitutional issues and how the judicial temperament of individual members of the current Court affects constitutional interpretation.

We will also explore the potential impacts of the upcoming Presidential election on the membership and actions of the Supreme Court.

Note: Participants are encouraged to follow current Supreme Court decisions and commentary in the news media and bring articles and questions to class.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.