HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 001 The Devil in the Details: Religion and the Constitution in the United States
Term: FA 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
Each section of this course studies a different era and topic in the past. Students read the work of modern historians, documents, and other source materials from the past. The goal is to learn how to construct effective arguments, and how to write college-level papers.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

What do the First Amendment’s religious clauses mean? How has the interpretation of their meaning changed over time? How has the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to particular, often thorny, issues? Is the American state secular?

This class focuses on the skills, process, and practice of academic writing through an investigation and interrogation of religious tension in American society as revealed in courtroom clashes. The course examines contests between believers of the same and of different faiths, between believers and the state, and between believers and non-believers. It probes efforts to determine, and occasionally attempt to fix, the meaning of the free exercise and establishment clauses while questioning how they operate in tandem or at odds with one another. It investigates how the very act of legal decision-making renders definitions of and creates boundaries for religion.

This is a writing-intensive class designed to teach strategies for effective reading and thinking as well as argumentation and communication. Regular writing assignments of a variety of lengths, genres, and formality will provide multiple opportunities to draft, workshop, revise, rewrite, and polish ideas and prose.

Required Book:
Sarah Barringer Gordon, The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America (Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010)

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HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
11838
Open
1
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
002 (REC)
P
11839
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (REC)
P
21875
Closed
0
1Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0674046544
The spirit of the law : religious voices and the Constitution in modern America, Author: Sarah Barringer Gordon., Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2010
Required
ISBN: 0226065669
The craft of research, Author: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams., Publisher: University Of Chicago Press 3. edition 2008
Optional
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