The Dialogue of Democracy (COMM 137W, COMM 237, POLISCI 232T, POLISCI 332T)

AMSTUD
137
Instructors
Fishkin, J. (PI)
Section Number
1
All forms of democracy require some kind of communication so people can be aware of issues and make decisions. This course looks at competing visions of what democracy should be and different notions of the role of dialogue in a democracy. Is it just campaigning or does it include deliberation? Small scale discussions or sound bites on television? Or social media? What is the role of technology in changing our democratic practices, to mobilize, to persuade, to solve public problems? This course will include readings from political theory about democratic ideals - from the American founders to J.S. Mill and the Progressives to Joseph Schumpeter and modern writers skeptical of the public will. It will also include contemporary examinations of the media and the internet to see how those practices are changing and how the ideals can or cannot be realized.
Undergraduate
Grading
Letter or Credit/No Credit
Requirements
GER:EC-EthicReas, WAY-ER, WAY-SI
Units
5
Course Tags
History and Institutions
Academic Year
Quarter
Spring
Section Days
Tuesday
Start Time
5:30 PM
End Time
8:30 PM
Location
120-101