POLSCI 307 - American Political Thought: Late
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
POLSCI 101 or 111.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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One question political theorists ask is: what is the best life? As the U.S. successfully emerged from WWII and eased into “the nifty ‘50’s”, consensus opinion held that Americans were enjoying a version of the best life. As incomes rose, some even posited an age of political consensus and “the end of ideology.” However, challenges loomed and ideological contestation and dissent didn’t die after all. Contestation in the post-war era touched on some key categories in political theory: justice, equality, freedom, citizenship and public voice. Some of the specific issues this class will consider: consumer culture, rural and urban poverty, environmentalism, public health, civil rights, race hierarchy, women’s rights, youth culture, the new left, gay rights (as it was then called), neo-conservatism, immigration, the red scare, atomic build-up, the cold war, state secrecy, and the military draft.

This course is in the Political Theory Subfield.

Course Requirements:

Read original texts from the era (not textbooks), watch documentary films stream on Canvas, in-class group work, reading quizzes, in-class exams, attend section, participate in section.

Intended Audience:

Second year and above political science students and other LSA students

Class Format:

Lecture, full class discussion and group-work


POLSCI 307 - American Political Thought: Late
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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