Course DescriptionWhat has happened to democracy in America? After 200+ years, the promise of a democratic America is undergoing challenges from both the left and the right. Will democracy survive in the United States? What will it look like going forward? Today, citizens wrestle with fundamental questions about the role of politics, the efficacy of democracy, and the wrenching divisions that are separating neighbors, family members, and nations. Citizens, citizen leaders, elected officials, and any who are questioning, will find context and new perspectives in this course. In the previous courses, we delved in to the rubrics of democracy, addressed democratic norms, and examined utilitarian democratic principles in the political realm, as our central focus. In this, our third look at democracy, we will consider the midterm elections in the United States, the growing populist movements around the world, and the impact of globalization as a wayward indicator in this unfolding moment in history. Throughout the six meetings, you will be exposed to tools, and concepts required to forging a path forward for the future of democracy. All this, and the midterms! It will be a lively experience as we explore the results together.
*Note: If you were not able to join us for one of the previous courses on democracy, there will be sufficient material that connects with previous lectures to ensure that you feel comfortable and equipped to be fully present.