POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 006 Law, Culture, and Identity
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In 1968, fifty-years ago this year, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. Congressman John Lewis has said, “When these two young men were murdered, something died in all of us… We were robbed of part of our future.” Motivated by the animating spirit of King and Kennedy, this course pursues a rediscovery of the politics of the common good through a study of the role of law, culture, and identity in the United States. As a way into the themes of the course, we shall investigate how a series of well-known constitutional and legal disputes structure debate about the common good and American national identity: debates over race and the equal protection of the law; capital punishment and the current state of the criminal justice system; the second amendment, citizenship, and the right to bear arms; the moral and constitutional foundation of the administrative-welfare state; the family, same sex marriage, and religion; and finally, whether economic inequality and the crisis of the middle class threatens American democracy and constitutionalism, undermining a politics of the common good. Ultimately, through an exploration of the history, theory, law, and public policy surrounding the common good and American identity, we will gain an understanding of the critical institutions of the American legal system, how they shape our political life, the dynamics of political change, and how each of these can help us understand the dilemmas now facing American politics and the possibilities for its reform.

This course is in the American Politics subfield.

POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Schedule Listing
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27857
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (REC)
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24563
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9
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
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25160
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0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
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26497
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28
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (REC)
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25752
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17
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (REC)
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27877
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11
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (REC)
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29096
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32
 
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
009 (REC)
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32003
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6
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Students who took POLSCI 489 "Politics of Latinidad" in Fall 2017 will not be permitted to take this class.
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ISBN: 154161657X
Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed, Author: David Cole REVISED 2017
Required
ISBN: 1101973455
The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic, Author: Ganesh Sitaraman 2018
Required
ISBN: 0465083331
The second bill of rights : FDR's unfinished revolution and why we need it more than ever, Author: Cass R. Sunstein., Publisher: Basic Books Paperback 2004
Required
ISBN: 081298496X
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Author: Bryan Stevenson REPRINT 2015
Required
ISBN: 9780807072097
Proud shoes : the story of an American family, Author: Murray, Pauli, 1910-1985., Publisher: Beacon Press 1999
Optional
ISBN: 9781948122269
The promise and the dream : the untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, Author: Margolick, David.
Optional
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