2 semesters, 1 credit
Prerequisite: AP U.S. History, U.S. History or American Studies
Justice & Injustice
This course explores the American justice system, ranging from the basics of its organization to case studies of the ways it has functioned over time. We seek to answer questions about how justice is conceived, achieved, and thwarted in courts and in society. Readings range across time and space, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions, histories of particular cases, analyses of questions of justice, and foundational texts in our nation’s search for justice. This course is especially recommended for students interested in government and the law.
Food & Culture
This course explores the relationships between food and culture across space and time. The class begins with theory, including Roland Barthes, Sidney Mintz, and Caroline Bynum. It then moves to examinations of the cultural meanings of food and ends with student analyses of food cultures with which they engage. Topics include the politics of food, the relationship of food to oppression, gender and wealth, fear of food and fears associated with food, the economics and characteristics of restaurants, and literature focused on food. We will read broadly in food literature, paying special attention to popular food writing, historical examinations of food, and the place of food in novels, poetry and film. Assessment is primarily discursive and project-based.