Spring 2020 Rights
Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-374 | Political Science, as POSC-374
Formerly listed as: LJST-39 | POSC-74
Faculty Kristin Bumiller (Section 01) Description
(Offered as POSC 374 and LJST 374) This seminar explores the role of rights in addressing inequality, discrimination, and violence. This course will trace the evolution of rights focused legal strategies aimed at addressing injustice coupled with race, gender, disability, and citizenship status. We will evaluate how rights-based activism often creates a gap between expectation and realization. This evaluation will consider when and how rights are most efficacious in producing social change and the possibility of unintended consequences.
Requisite: One introductory POSC course or its equivalent. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to political science majors Keywords Attention to Issues of Class
Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality
Attention to Issues of Race
Attention to Research
Attention to Writing
Writing Intensive Course times and locations POSC 374 - L/D Section 01 Tu 02:30 PM - 05:15 PM FAYE 217 Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780195182477 Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform Oxford University Press Bell, Derrick Amherst Books From $9.64-$25.10
9780226211657 Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State (Chicago Series in Law and Society) University of Chicago Press Epp, Charles R. Amherst Books From $15.84-$35.67
9780520284180 Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic University of California Press Calavita, Kitty - Jenness, Valerie Amherst Books From $15.41-$38.59
9780553447453 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Broadway Books Desmond, Matthew Amherst Books From $9.55-$21.09
9780691173900 The Lives of Animals (The University Center for Human Values Series (43)) Princeton University Press Coetzee, J. M. Amherst Books From $5.59-$23.98
9781479815517 Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success NYU Press Corrigan, Rose Amherst Books From $17.98-$30.72
These books are available locally at
Amherst Books. If Overenrolled
Priority given to political science majors
Spring 2021 Other years: