American Democracy: Two Centuries of Creating Institutions to Achieve its Principles

POLSCI 187FS

Analysis of American democracy: rooted in stirring sentences (“all men are created equal”), yet knowingly designed imperfectly. How have American political institutions been created and recreated? Is “a more perfect union” possible or illusory? How can we reconcile politics that often expands political opportunities for citizens, yet leads politicians to a shutdown they claim they did not want? Open only to students in the FOCUS Program. Instructor consent required. One course.

Crosslisting Numbers: 

ETHICS 187FS

Curriculum Codes: 

CZ, SS