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Ch 8: Civil Liberties

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Watch online political science video lessons and take quick quizzes to learn about the right to privacy, the procedural rights of the accused, freedom of religion and more.

Civil Liberties - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you're curious about the constitutional origins of American civil liberties, instructor Jen Williams can provide you with a brief history of the Bill of Rights and help you review some of the amendments designed to ensure our most basic freedoms. Lessons also outline the limitations of these provisions and touch on debates surrounding some of their modern-day interpretations. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Outline the historical development of the Bill of Rights
  • Provide examples of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution
  • Identify the role of the federal courts in determining civil liberties

Video Objectives
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline Trace the development of the Bill of Rights and its expansion to the states.
Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations Outline the rights and limitations of the freedom of speech, press and assembly.
What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance Distinguish between the two clauses guaranteeing freedom of religion and explain how they can conflict.
Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused Outline the procedural rights of the accused.
The Right to Privacy: Definition, Lesson & Quiz Discuss the relationship between the right of privacy and sexual behavior as well as abortion and information-age technologies.
The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons Examine this highly debated civil liberty.
The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties Explain why the courts play such a large role in deciding what our civil liberties should be.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Civil Liberties
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

1. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

2. Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of speech, press and assembly. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind these freedoms and the specific clauses of freedom of speech, press and assembly and what they mean to society today.

What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

3. What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance

In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of religion. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind the freedom, the specific clauses of the freedom of religion and what it means to society today.

Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

4. Law and Order: Procedural Rights of the Accused

In this lesson, we will learn about the procedural rights of the accused. We will look at how these rights are defined and what they mean to our justice system today.

The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

5. The Right to Privacy: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the right of privacy. We will take a closer look at the right, what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

6. The Right to Bear Arms: History, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, we will learn about the right to bear arms. We will take a closer look at the right to find out what it includes and what it means to society today.

The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties

7. The Courts and a Free Society: Role in Deciding Civil Liberties

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of the court's role with civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at what the court's positions entail and the effects on society today.

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