Program Details

Guided Discussion: The Bill of Rights

Burton Atkins

Course Description

The Bill of Rights, Amendments One to Ten of the Constitution, are widely understood to enshrine the foundation for the liberties and rights essential to American democracy. This guided discussion will review how the Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution and how its meaning has evolved. Several recent and pending Supreme Court cases that illustrate its relevance to contemporary political debate will be explored and discussed. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Burton Atkins, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of political science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently, he teaches political science at FAU. In his 35-year career at FSU, Atkins taught a variety of courses on and wrote extensively about constitutional law and U.S. politics and served as chair of the political science department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the director of FSU's London Study Center, and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, he served as director of the FSU International Affairs Program.