Civil Disobedience Winter 2022

Cross-listed HIST 12 / REL 12

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Are citizens obligated to obey unjust laws? When are they justified in breaking them? Is civil disobedience an effective political strategy? Does it matter, or is bearing witness against injustice enough? And who gets to determine whether a law is ‘unjust’ in the first place? Such questions have long bedeviled those looking to transform our world. In this course, students will grapple with their many answers. In a seminar-style format, we will explore case studies of civil disobedience in the United States, reflecting on the history of its theory and practice. In the process, we will pay particular attention to how religion has shaped civil disobedience in the U.S. context. Sources will include classic texts, films, and guest speakers. We will meet two mornings per week, for a total of six hours. Students will be evaluated based on their participation and a final project.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: in order of seniority, with a preference for History and Religion majors
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 12 REL 12

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