2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Law and Literature: Revolution to Reconstruction

Spring quarter

Faculty: Jose Gomez constitutional law, Greg Mullins comparative literature, American studies

Fields of Study: American studies, law and government policy and literature

Spring: CRN (Credit) Level 30498 (16) Fr; 30499 (16) So  

Credits: 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Sophomore; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Sophomore

Offered During: Day


This program repeats the fall-quarter content of Law and Literature: Equality, Citizenship and Democracy in the United States. Students who take the fall/winter program may not sign up for the spring repeat program.

Democracy in the United States, as a social practice and political ideal, has been a work in progress since the Revolution. Given the linguistic, religious, ethnic and regional diversity of the U.S. population, and given differential hierarchies assigned to race, gender, sexuality and social class in this country, institutions that aspire to promote democratic ideals have become sites of debate and struggle around such questions as how to define citizenship, how to define equality, how to protect minority populations against majority prejudices, and how to promote individual liberties while safeguarding the common good.

In this program we will study U.S. Constitutional history and U.S. literature, from the Constitutional Convention to Reconstruction. Our studies will focus on how the law defines, and how literature represents, national belonging and exclusion. We will focus on the origins and framing of the Constitution, American Indian sovereignty, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Central themes will include the political factors the Supreme Court considers in making its decisions, competition between sectors of society in wielding effective political citizenship, the gradual expansion of formal citizenship and voting rights over the course of the nation’s history, and forms of social discrimination. We will complement our analysis of Constitutional history by reading literature that represents and illuminates the struggle for equality and national belonging.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Required Fees: $12.50 for event tickets.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: American studies, education, government, law, and literature.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 15th, 2011 This program is now offered to Sophomores in addition to Freshmen.
March 7th, 2011 Fees updated.