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Spring 2025 Seminar

Law & Democracy: Demise or Renewal?

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This course examines and questions the current status of our American democracy in the context of its unique history and contemporary challenges. In doing so, it explores provocative themes and questions of citizenship, law, 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, tumultuous changes, and their legal implications. It further clarifies the democratic process as one subject to ongoing interpretation, challenge, and renewal.

Note: This course is not available for cross-registration.