OSHR 1156 - The Supreme Court: Its Decisions and Their Lasting Impacts

  • Noncredit

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 of the United States is the most mysterious of the three branches of government. Its deliberations are held in private and its decisions are read from the bench or published without discussion. In this course, we will consider major Supreme Court decisions and their effect on how we live our lives or conduct our business.

As time will allow, issues such as judicial review, free speech, personal liberty, freedom of the press, criminal law, affirmative action, and political issues will be considered from the prospective of landmark Supreme Court cases. The history of the parties in the litigation and the aftermath of the decisions will be discussed.

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


Jim Couch

Jim Couch earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and was a faculty member and administrator at James Madison University for 29 years. After retiring from JMU, he entered law school and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a psychologist and attorney, he has had a long-time love affair with Constitutional Law seeing how Supreme Court decisions affect the lives of us all. After 10 years practicing law as a prosecutor and then as solo practitioner, he retired to Colorado to assume one of the best jobs in the world, to wit, grandfather.