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Salem, Oregon 97301
An intensive examination of the meaning of patriotism in the United States. Among the questions to be discussed are: What is the relationship between patriotism and nationalism? Is patriotism illiberal? What does it mean to be an American (or un-American)? Is America exceptional? How do individuals handle conflicting loyalties and identities: Does God come before country? Does family? Does the world? What is the meaning of disloyalty and how do we define and punish traitors? How does the nation attempt to make patriotic citizens? What is the origin of, and what continues to animate, our patriotic rituals such as the flag salute and pledge of allegiance? What do these rituals mean to people? The course will pay particular attention to the role of war in stimulating patriotic feelings in the wake of September 11, 2001. Open to first year students only.
Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values