Stuart Alan Streichler
Study of the literature of civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights in the United States. Examines the way writers try to justify specific rights and to communicate the need for social change in American society.
Winter 2014: This course examines the origins and development of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States from a human rights perspective. Students will analyze competing views on issues of current concern considered against relevant historical background. Topics this quarter include civil liberties in the war on terror and the torture debate, education, healthcare, and race discrimination. A major theme of this course concerns the tension between American ideals and actual practices.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to critically evaluate competing arguments on human rights issues.
Students will use evidence and logic to write argumentative essays and to debate questions of human rights in contemporary America.
Students will gain an appreciation of the historical context for contemporary human rights standards and concerns.
General method of instruction
Courses in human rights, law, and political science would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Includes examinations, class participation, in-class written assignments, and a paper.