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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 AWP 1 (Analytical 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.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete DOC 1 before they attempt DOC 2. 

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 at the end of Week 1 should plan to take DOC 2 in 2021.

Lecturers for Winter Quarter 2020

All DOC 2 lectures meet in Solis Hall 107:

Specific Information for Winter Quarter 2020

Enrolled students access the DOC 2 Syllabus on Canvas

DOC 2 Section Schedule with Teaching Assistants' Names


Depicted in image above – top row left to right: Larry Itliong, Dolores Huerta, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. 
bottom row left to right: Patrice Lumumba, Emiliano Zapata, Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis