Gender, Family, State in American Politics
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: DO NOT USE
Course Number: LPOL 2018
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
What is the relationship between culture and politics? Is it unidirectional? Or are culture and politics in perpetual dialog, mutually reinforcing and reworking one another over time? This course will introduce students to the field of American politics with a particular focus on the relationship between culture and politics. The course is divided into two sections. The first half of the course analyzes the institutions of American politics and the cultural shifts that have shaped them. Students will learn about the various founding moments in American history and the impact they have had on the three branches of government. The second half of the course takes up contemporary political issues to think critically about the relationship between culture and politics. We focus on the evolving political coalitions that have produced the modern political parties and galvanizing political issues such as gay rights, gun control, abortion access, labor unions, and America’s role in the world. Students will emerge from the course with a nuanced understanding of the history of American politics as well as a firm grasp on the contours of contemporary political culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.