An American Half-Century

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

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


1540-1740 WB129

Course Description

As 1941 ended, the United States had just entered World War II as a belligerent; as 1991 ended, the Soviet Union dissolved itself. In the intervening half-century, the United States played a crucial role in defeating totalitarian dictatorships in Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Soviet Union. This seminar examines the role of US constitutional law and international law in the victories of World War II and the Cold War. We will also identify continuities between US foreign policy as conducted in the latter half of the twentieth century and as conducted currently. 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a substantial research paper or (b) a short paper and analytically grounded, original project reflecting substantial historical content, such as a podcast episode, a scene from a play, a short story, a game, or a review of multiple movies and TV shows, Students choose the topic and form with the assistance of the instructor. The submission deadline is December 18 (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 October 1, 2024.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced via Canvas.

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.: 124820854

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: International and Comparative , Legal History

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