A. Read the following selection from the Margin Notes by clicking on the link.
B. Watch this presentation. When you click on the link below, a new screen will pop up. Use the scrollbar on the side of the new screen to navigate.
You need Adobe Reader to view PDF files.
C. (Optional) Read the following chapter from the textbook.
D. The following
Optional Links are designed to help you do better in your course but
they are not required.
E. Activity #4: Hatred Comes
to Glendale -- Balancing Civil Liberties and Public Safety (10 points)
It is often difficult to create a balance between
constitutionally protected individual civil liberties -- such as the rights
to free speech and free association -- and the need to maintain order in society.
To illustrate this, you are going to complete a simulation in which you will play two often-conflicting roles. You were hired as the Dean of Students at Prickly Pear College in Glendale CA. You have also been elected by Glendale voters to the Glendale City Council, an unpaid, political position external to the college.
Unexpectedly, the selection of Prickly Pear's new president threatens to erupt into a full-blown scandal involving both the town
and the college. Using your authority as a college administrator and as a member of the city council, how will you manage the potential crisis? (The author of this simulation set it in a town
and college in California. However, keep in mind that were you playing the same roles in Texas, you would face the same judicial
and constitutional dilemmas.)
Resources to Help You Make Your Decisions
Bill of Rights in Simple Language
The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age
Life Without the Bill of Rights? – This a kid’s game but it does a
pretty good job of showing how life would change without some of our rights.
College Bill of Rights
Do I Have a Right? – This is another kid’s game but it does a good job
of explaining our rights.
Civil Liberties – This link takes you to a topic overview at the top of
which is a menu of items – video, readings, critical thinking and resources
– with very good material.
To start the simulation, go to
to Glendale. Click Enter. Then simply follow the instructions as you work your way through the simulation. Occasionally it will take a page a few minutes to load, even with a fast connection, so be patient. You must work through every step
and make every decision asked of you in order to finish the simulation.
Chances are the concepts used in the game are new to you so please don't try
to rush through the game. It's important that you fully understand the
issues involved before making your decisions.
When you've finished the simulation, you will come to a page titled
Mission Completed. Listen to / read your results, taking the
time to make certain you understand them.
Using your results and your experiences in the game,
write a summary of your performance in the
game that includes the 4 points below. Your summary should be
thorough, specific, include relevant concepts from the course material and be free of spelling
and grammar errors.
You were in a unique position as both dean of students
and city councilor. How did your responses to the protests differ in
those two different roles?
What are some tools you used, or could have used, to protect public safety while also maintaining respect for civil liberties?
Some people believe that hate groups such as KILL should be banned. Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?
specific and detailed connections to course content.
Demonstrate your familiarity with the concepts in the simulation
and with the material in your course.