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POLI 2333 Democracy in America (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course uses the greatest book on American politics, Tocqueville's Democracy in America, as a guide for studying perennial issues in American politics. We will read Democracy in America in conjunction with contemporary studies that address such key themes as individualism and "self interest rightly understood," law and mores, tyranny of the majority and "soft despotism," and local government and the art of association. Some of these recent works build upon Tocqueville's insights. Others claim that the contemporary U.S. bears little resemblance to Tocqueville's America. Each week the Monday class will be devoted to lecture, the Wednesday class to discussion.


Instructor(s): R.Shep Melnick

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Students who have taken POLI7726 may not take this course.


Last Updated: 24-Feb-14