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

Fall 2005

GOV 370L • The U.S. as a Territorial Nation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37845 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. The United States as a Territorial Nation explores how the United States is at once more - and less- than its member states. The course looks at two dimensions of this phenomenon: the U.S. territories both past and present, and the U.S. government lands that came out of the United States' land acquisitions west of the original 13 colonies. Given that territories do not figure into conceptions of federalism and that a consideration of the geographic expansion of the United States is essentially absent from the U.S. Constitution, the course explores the history, public policy, law, and political philosophy behind the presence of these anomalous, in-between areas. In particular, the course considers the federalist origins of the United States, the creation of the public domain, the fate of the Indians, the distinction created between the territories that became states and those that could remain territories indefinitely, and the contours of the policies and U.S. agencies that govern the public land holdings of the United States.

Grading Policy

Three quizzes: 5% each Test 1: 25% Test 2: 30% Test 3: 30% Class participation and attendance: may count up to 5% extra credit


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