RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 001 Varieties of Conservatism
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the history of conservatism as a complex set of political, cultural, and economic philosophies from 1789 to the present. We will consider the foundations of conservative thought as well as its development and its contemporary manifestations in the New Right. The nature of U.S. conservatism, especially in the Old South and its transformation after the Civil War and during the Gilded Age will be highlighted, as will the general debate over whether the United States has ever had a genuine conservatism. Throughout we will pay close attention to the ways in which conservative doctrines are structured by assumptions about history and change along with often unarticulated notions of gender, race, religion, class, sexuality and nationalism. In recognition that contemporary conservatism has become increasingly “multicultural,” we will also consider the existence of conservative thought among African-Americans, Latinos, Jews, women and homosexuals. The course is structured in both a chronological and thematic manner. It is designed to function as an introduction to conservatism and as a survey. Possible texts include Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France; Russell Kirk’s The Portable Conservative Reader; Dan Carter’s From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution; as well as my own book, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now?: Multicultural Conservatism in America.

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
003 (SEM)
7RC Ugrd
W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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