AMCULT 308 - American Constitutional History
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Students should have a good general knowledge of United States History, such as that acquired in HISTORY 260 and 261, or equivalent rigorous high school history courses.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Instructor:

Description

From the early origins of popular sovereignty to today's struggles over equality and over the separation of powers, this course investigates constitutional thought and activity in the United States. Beginning with the Revolution and the Constitutional Convention and ratification, and continuing through the period of slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow, we explore the interactions between social movements and legal change. Reaching the twentieth century, we turn to upheavals around territorial expansion, executive power, the New Deal, American Indian status, African-American civil rights, wartime civil liberties, women's rights, LGBT Rights, and immigrants’ rights. We examine constitutional amendments, Supreme Court cases, and political battles over citizenship and voting rights that have affected how “the people” are constituted. The course puts a particular emphasis on students’ own interpretation of primary sources, from testimony before the 1871 Congressional hearings on the Ku Klux Klan, to contests reaching the federal courts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Course Requirements:

here is a short paper assignment, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Participation in discussion section is mandatory.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates at any level, with a good general background in U.S. History.

Class Format:

This course involves two eighty-minute lectures and one fifty-minute discussion section per week.

Schedule

AMCULT 308 - American Constitutional History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
31565
Open
34
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
31566
Open
5
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
31567
Open
6
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
31568
Open
1
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
31569
Open
7
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
33809
Open
5
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
33884
Open
10
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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