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GOV 312P • Constitutnl Prins: Core Texts
TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 0.106
Close readings from primary texts that have shaped or that reflect deeply upon American democracy, including the Declaration of Independance, the Federalist Papers, and Tocqueville's Democracy in America. Fulfills second half of the legislative requirement for government. May be taken for credit only once. Government 312R and 312P may not both be counted for credit.
GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov
TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 0.126
Prerequisites: GOV 310 or equivalent
Course Description: In this class, we will study of the principles of American politics by reading a selection of great texts from the American political tradition. We’ll explore the purposes of our system of government, especially its promises of freedom and equality, and we’ll explore the kinds of character, the specific virtues and vices, which American life tends to foster.
The backbone of the course will be a close reading of Alexis de Tocqueville’s great work, Democracy in America. We’ll supplement that with other key texts about the American political tradition drawn from later in the country’s history, which will give us the opportunity to consider American constitutional principles in different contexts. There will be units on race, religion, economic life, and moral relativism.
60%: 3 papers of about 1200 words
25%: Final exam
15%: Attendance, reading quizzes, and class participation
Course Reader, including excerpts from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,
Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist, Frederick Douglass, Booker T Washington,
WEB DuBois, and others
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Hugh Heclo, Christianity and American Democracy