An American Half-Century

Information Introduction

Section 1, Spring 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB162

Course Description

As 1940 drew to a close, the United States declared itself the "Arsenal of Democracy"; as 1991 drew to a close, the Soviet Union dissolved itself. In the roughly fifty years in between, the United States played a crucial role in defeating or containing totalitarian dictatorships in Germany, Italy, Japan, China, and the Soviet Union. This seminar examines whether law played a significant role in the outcomes of World War II and the Cold War, in terms both of international law and US constitutional law. (We may also refer to current events.) No prior knowledge of the relevant history or law will be taken for granted.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

Either (a) a substantial research paper or (b) a short paper and an analytically rigorous project reflecting substantial research, such as a group presentation to the class or the creation of a website. Students will choose their topics from among a broad array of options provided by the instructor. The submission deadline is May 9 (day before last day of the exam period) by noon (via EXPO). NOTE: Students seeking to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement must electronically submit a completed Writing Requirement "Special Request" e-form (available via LawWeb) to the Student Records Office before the deadline on Feb. 26th.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124217851

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: International and National Security Law , Legal History

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