Spring 2022 Rights
Education Studies, as EDST-374 | Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-374 | Political Science, as POSC-374
Formerly listed as: LJST-39 | POSC-74
Course (Login required) Faculty Kristin Bumiller (Section 01) Description
(Offered as POSC 374, LJST 374, and EDST 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.
This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.
Requisite: One introductory POSC course or its equivalent. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Bumiller.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Independent research project, group work, readings, written work, oral presentations. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
If Overenrolled: Priority given to political science majors 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 $7.60-$29.49
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 $16.01-$49.32
9780520284180 Appealing to Justice : Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic University of California Press Calavita - Kitty; Jenness - Valerie Amherst Books From $24.49-$50.59
9780553447453 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Crown Desmond, Matthew Amherst Books From $5.74-$25.50
9780691173900 The Lives of Animals (The University Center for Human Values Series (43)) Princeton University Press Coetzee, J. M. Amherst Books From $6.00-$20.43
9781479815517 Up Against a Wall: Rape Reform and the Failure of Success NYU Press Corrigan, Rose Amherst Books From $12.03-$43.62
9781517904432 Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition Univ Of Minnesota Press Ben-Moshe, Liat Amherst Books From $13.37-$120.00
9781839762123 Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) Verso Spade, Dean Amherst Books From $9.49-$21.94
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