web-based course is available to students enrolled in the
NMSU Master's of Criminal Justice distance program. Since
this is a summer course, the current class is also available
to "on campus" students. In contrast to many of our
distance courses, this course does not use WebCT.
All materials for this class are found, or linked to, this
course outline. Written assignments are mailed to Dr.
Mentor at the address above.
course combines traditional
reading and writing with nontraditional methods of learning. Throughout
this course students are expected to critically analyze
a range of issues related to civil liberties in the United
States. As criminal justice scholars,
our focus will
as we move through the assignments:
are Civil Liberties?
all of our "rights" be defined as "civil liberties?"
do we get these liberties?
Do all Americans have
the same rights?
Do all residents of the United
States have the same rights?
What is the scope of Civil
What rights do we have regarding communication?
How do civil liberties effect issues related
do we get freedom AND social control?
Can "civil liberties" assure
equal rights for all?
do we gain and lose Civil Liberties?
we get liberties through legislation?
is the role of the Courts?
is the role of the Executive Branch?
what contexts are liberties restricted?
justifications are offered and/or required before rights may