POLSCI 319 - The Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
RE
Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 111.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course focuses on landmark civil rights decisions of the Supreme Court, which elaborate the constitutional doctrine of “equal protection” and are a lens through which we can view America’s unfolding struggle over race. Situated at the nexus of law, history, and politics, the course explores the links between civil rights decisions and wider social, political, and economic practices. Organized roughly chronologically, the course covers the following topics: the crisis over slavery; the law and politics of Reconstruction; the Jim Crow era; the legal construction of “whiteness” in the law of naturalized citizenship; the Japanese-American internment; “war on terror” cases involving the Guantanamo Bay detainees; and the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban. The course concludes with a unit on the law and politics of the Civil Rights Era, covering Brown v. Board of Education and affirmative action. The overall goal is to explore the nature of Supreme Court decision-making, the relationship of the Court to the other branches of government and, generally, the role of the Supreme Court in American politics. Themes running throughout the course include “equality” as a contested concept, race politics, and constructions of American identity.

This course is in the American Politics subfield.

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

POLSCI 319 - The Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30142
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
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30143
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
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30144
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
30145
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
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30146
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (DIS)
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30147
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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Note:
Books listed will not be required until October.
ISBN: 9780809078967
Prisoners without trial : Japanese Americans in World War II, Author: Daniels, Roger., Publisher: Hill and Wang 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780743293563
Guantanamo and the abuse of presidential power : guantanamo and the abuse of presidential power, Author: Margulies, Joseph., Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2014
Required
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