Do the police have the right to make you hand over your cell phone passcode? What if your phone is opened with your thumb print? Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? Can the state ban sodomy? What's the line between free speech and hate speech? Do "War on Terror" detainees have access to American courts? Are cupcakes art? In this course we will explore questions of rights and liberties in American constitutional doctrine. Throughout the course we will examine the changing understandings of the courts, civil liberties, and American politics.