The course explores the changing meaning of democracy and freedom from a multicultural perspective. It covers major events between the Colonial and Civil Rights eras, with a focus on the 1860s-1960s. The origins, key developments, and philosophies of the US and California Constitutions are studied as well as the role of social movements in struggles for social justice. Students also organize a political project that enables them to directly participate in the democratic process.

Surveys the changing relationships among knowledge, truth, and reality in different cultural and historical contexts; investigates, evaluates, and applies different ways of knowing such as analytic, rational, creative, spiritual, emotional, and intersubjective to substantive topics or themes.

  •  Politics & Participation (HCOM 260)

Explores the impact of movements for social and political justice on the interpretation and content of the U.S. Constitution. Students will develop their ethical understandings of democratic participation through historical and contemporary texts and then apply these new understandings through the creation of collective political projects.