Travis J Sands
B CUSP 118
Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.
Education, Citizenship and the University
What is a nation? Who counts as a citizen and who gets discounted? How do the forms and practice of national and communal belonging inform our understandings of identity? In this course we will take up these and other questions as we work to complete your first-year Discovery Core portfolio. A range of recent laws, films, novels and academic studies will offer us points of entry for thinking about the multiple forms citizenship takes in the contemporary United States. Given that the university has been and remains an important institution for both the production and contestation of citizenship and its norms in the U.S., we will collaboratively reflect on the extent to which your studies have positioned you as a â€ścitizenâ€? of the classroom, the university, the nation, and the globe, and we will use the portfolio as an opportunity to critically engage with this positioning. We will conclude this course with a "conference" in which each of you will present original research that explores a question related to citizenship, and that is oriented to your academic and personal goals in the years to come.
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