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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2004

GOV 370L • The US as a Territorial Nation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35215 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
BUR 112

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Although the United States is thought of as a nation of states, this course explores two dimensions of how the United States is more—and less—than its constituent states. The course explores the federalist origins of the United States, the creation of the public domain, and two consequences of US territorial expansion: the existence of U.S. territories, both past and contemporary, and the federal lands. This course explores the history and contemporary reality of these ambigious areas of U.S. sovereignty. The course will explore the history, law, public policy, and political philosophy implicated in the presence of these in-between areas of the United States.

Grading Policy

Short paper (10 percent) due at the beginning of the third week of classes two tests consisting of multiple choice identification and short answer (20 and 25 percent each) February 25th and May 1st research project and presentation (35 percent) The project, which will be a team collaboration, has two manifestations. One is an in-class presentation, lasting 15 minutes, the other is a paper, due on April 24th. class participation/attendance (10 percent) Students are expected to do the assigned readings prior to class, and may be called upon in class. Three unexplained absences results in a grade demotion.


Patricia Nelson Limerick, The Legacy of Conquest (Norton 1988), IBSN: 0393304973 Charles Davis, ed. Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics (Westview 1997), IBSN: 0813329701 Other readings will be available in a reading packet.


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