American Democracy

American Democracy

Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Professor Cornel West
Spring 2021 course
W 1:00pm - 3:00pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Take-home, not administered by HLS

Democracy, inequality, and nationalism in America. The white working class and American politics. Class and race. Identities and interests. Conditions for socially inclusive economic growth and for the deepening and dissemination of the knowledge economy. Alternative directions of institutional change, viewed in light of American history. Democratizing the market and deepening democracy. Self-reliance and solidarity.

We explore and discuss the past, present, and especially the future of the American experiment among ourselves and with invited guests: thinkers, politicians, social activists, and entrepreneurs.

Readings drawn from classic and contemporary writings about the United States.

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory, Government Structure & Function, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights