An American Half-Century

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1540-1740
  • WB119
01/26/2022 04/27/2022

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 will also refer to the current War on Terror.) No prior knowledge of the relevant history or law will be taken for granted.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
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 on or before the last day of the exam period at noon (via EXPO). NOTE: Students seeking to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement must timely submit a completed Writing Requirement Intent Form to the Student Records Office before the deadline noted in the Enrollment Deadlines section of LawWeb - retroactive exceptions will not be granted.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
122217512
Law No.
LAW9007
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 15, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM
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