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Sophomore Seminar

History 2061 - Fall 2020

Policemen are a microcosm of the society they come from and are supposed to guard. Therefore, ongo-ing controversies over law enforcement in the US and the rest of the world are a result of and symbol-ize more fundamental political, social, cultural, and economic problems. This course traces and com-pares the development of police and policing in the West and East Asia over the past two centuries, highlighting the complex political, social, economic, and cultural contexts in which police evolved. We will also cover the daily lives of rank-and-file policemen, especially their interactions with elites and ordinary people. By identifying and critically analyzing the historical roots of problems plaguing con-temporary police, students will contribute to the ongoing debates over the proper roles of law enforce-ment in local communities and the best way to navigate between individual freedom and collective se-curity.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumBU ISAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

Sophomore Seminar
INSTRUCTOR: Wang
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