FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING

Culture War in Contemporary America

Professor: M. Dorment

Term: Fall

Year: 2013

Course Code: FY-101-HS01

This course will examine the social issues and historical contexts which generated the emergence and crystallization of culture war in modern America. From the Scopes Trial to the current issue of gay marriage, it will explore how culture warriors, on a variety of different fronts, have battled to define America, to create, protect and belatedly, to contest its beliefs, values and traditions. In so doing, it will highlight the tension between tradition and modernity which has caused and continues to cause deep fissures in the American social fabric, ultimately, affecting the nature of American democracy itself. As the culture wars are ongoing, the course will emphasize student engagement in current events and national ethical debates on issues pertaining to the course content.