• Restrictions on gender-affirming medical care – and assault weapons May 24, 2024
    The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. After going two conferences without any new relists, the Supreme Court ended the relist drought this week with a vengeance.... The post Restrictions on gender-affirming medical care – and assault […]
    John Elwood
  • The morning read for Friday, May 24 May 24, 2024
    Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. Here’s the Friday morning read: Supreme Court rules in South Carolina gerrymandering case (Nina Totenberg, NPR) Supreme Court throws out race claim in South Carolina... The post The morning read for Friday, May 24 appeared […]
    Ellena Erskine
  • Court rules for South Carolina Republicans in dispute over congressional map May 23, 2024
    The Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a ruling by a federal district court holding that a congressional district on the South Carolina coast was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander – that is, it sorted voters based primarily on their race. In an opinion by Justice... The post Court rules for South Carolina Republicans in dispute […]
    Amy Howe

Welcome to Constitutional Law (CRJ200) Course Hub

Course Description

This course hub website contains OER/ZTC (Open Educational Resources/Zero Textbook Cost) resources for faculty teaching U.S. Constitutional Law (CRJ 200) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). These resources are freely available for use by BMCC faculty and beyond.

This work was created by Daniel DiPrenda, as part of the BMCC Open Education Initiative, which is co-led by the A. Philip Randolph Library and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS). The BMCC Open Education Initiative is supported by the CUNY Office of Library Services (OLS) and funded by the New York State Department of Education.

This course provides a historical overview of the relationship of the states to the Bill of Rights, and how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the powers of the federal government. The effect of the due process clause of the fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the states is examined through a study of the leading Supreme Court decisions related to criminal justice. Topics include characteristics and powers of the three branches of government, the principles governing the operation of the Bill of Rights, and the variables affecting the formulation of judicial policy.