DOC 2: Justice

DOC 2, Justice – offered every winter quarter – continues the exploration of the tensions between the founding American promise of “liberty and justice for all” and the attempts by disenfranchised groups to realize that promise through various institutional settings.  

Course Description

This six-unit course offers a deep contextualization of contemporary issues by juxtaposing them to earlier moments in U.S. history.  DOC 2 allows students to delve more deeply into the contradictions and ideological formations that continue to influence American society.

Among the central topics of the course are: 

  • collective challenges to hierarchies of class, gender, and "race"
  • the impact of scientific racism on immigration policy
  • women and labor
  • the rise of late 20th-century conservative thought; and
  • the tension between "liberalism" and “free-market” ideologies

By the end of this second course in the DOC sequence, students should have a solid understanding of the historical origins for many of the issues that continue to face the nation.  For this writing-intensive course, students will be required to complete two papers (ranging from 4-6 pages) that build in difficulty and require planning, drafting, revising, and editing as part of the writing process.

Prerequisites and Enrollment

Students who have already satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement have priority to enroll in DOC 2 during the winter quarter enrollment period in November. All students who are enrolled in ELWR 1 (Basic Writing) in fall quarter must wait to enroll in DOC 2 until their Academic History on TritonLink indicates that they have satisfied the ELWR prerequisite. 

DOC 2 discussion sections will meet twice a week, starting Week 1. Failure to attend the first discussion section meeting may result in the student losing his/her space in the course. Adding or switching DOC sections may be done via WebReg as openings occur through Friday of Week 1. Students may not add late or miss the first week of the quarter. Students who are still on waitlists after Week 1 should plan to take DOC 2 in 2018.

Handouts for Winter Quarter 2017

DOC 2 Syllabi for Winter Quarter 2017:

Dr. Sanchez's Lecture A Syllabus [pdf]
Dr. Strom's Lecture B Syllabus [pdf]
Dr. Gagnon's Lecture C Syllabus [pdf]

DOC 2 Calendar (all three lectures) [pdf]

DOC 2 Section List with Teaching Assistants  [pdf] 

Summary and Analysis Exercise [pdf] (distributed in section 1/12 & 1/13 on green paper)

PAPER 1: Analyzing Systemic Inequality

Assignment for Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Strom (Lectures A & B) [pdf] distributed in lecture 1/23 on pink paper

Assignment for Dr. Gagnon (Lecture C) [pdf] distributed in lecture 1/23 on lavender paper

for reference: AXES Method of Paragraph Development 

Instructions and Passwords for Submitting DOC 2 Papers to

for Lectures A & B: Howard Zinn Excerpt (this will be un-posted 3/17/17 per email from docinfo)


Assignment for Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Strom (Lectures A & B) [pdf]

Assignment for Dr. Gagnon (Lecture C) [pdf]

for Lectures A & B: Angela Davis, "Racism, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights"

Faculty for Winter Quarter 2017

Lecture A: 
Dr. Violeta Sanchez
Sequoyah Hall 128
Office Hours: Friday 11:00-12:00 and by appointment

Lecture B:
Dr. Megan Strom
Sequoyah Hall 134
Office Hours: Friday 1:00-2:00 and by appointment

Lecture C:
Dr. Jeff Gagnon
Sequoyah Hall 124
Office Hours: Monday 10:00-11:00, Wednesday 12:00-1:00, and by appointment

Past Syllabi

Coming soon!