Politics and Democracy

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Fall 2012 Seminar
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5052
2 classroom credits

This course interrogates the ways in which democracy, as practiced in the United States, continues to form. In doing so, it explores provocative themes and questions of citizenship, self governance, accountability and inclusion in American democracy while grappling with issues of race, class and gender. It moves beyond limited representations of democratization as the quest for universal suffrage and fair elections to a more fluid, real-time construct of competing interests, negotiated outcomes, stressed and malleable institutions, and tumultuous changes. It further clarifies the democratic process as one subject to ongoing interpretation, challenge and renewal.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights , Government Structure & Function .