This course serves as an elective to examine the vital role that the Supreme Court has played over the past 60 years, specifically in regards to civil rights, privacy rights, equality, citizenship, and religious freedom, and where they intersect with our changing politics. In its role as the final arbiter of what is and what is not constitutional, the Court has shaped our society just as much as any institution in our modern history. As such, students would examine landmark Supreme Court cases and look at how their ruling and interpretation of the law has evolved over time and what impact that has had upon American society. From Brown v. Board of Education (1954) to Roe v. Wade (1973) to Bush v. Gore (2000) to Lawrence v. Texas (2003) to Citizens United (2012), the Court has completely changed the nature of what it means to be an American. This course will ultimately seek to delve deeply into these cases and their impact on our lives and politics.