GENED 1073 - Guns in the U.S.: A Love Story

Description
The U.S. comprises 5% of the world’s population but holds approximately 40% of the world’s guns. We also experience more gun-related deaths than any economically comparable nation. How did the nation become a “gun culture,” and whose rights and interests does widespread armament serve? Who is included in the Second Amendment’s appeal to “the right of the people to have and bear arms,” and how have notions of race, gender, class, and sexuality framed popular understandings of “good guys” and “good women” whose armed citizenship is required for the nation’s security? We’ll read analyses from public health, history, literary/cultural studies, political science, and gender/ethnic studies to help unpack collective assumptions and historical blindspots about the purposes and effects of contemporary gun ownership. Course site: https://locator.tlt.harvard.edu/course/colgsas-212845/2019/spring/16665
Credits
4
Attributes
Histories, Societies, Individuals
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Recent Semesters
Spring 2020
Offered
MW
Avg. Class Size
75
Avg. Sections
1