Democracies

Original Version

The 20th century saw the international triumph of the twin pillars of modern Western life: capitalism and democracy. The 21st-century problems of globalism, environmental degradation, and terrorism, however, pose unique challenges to these institutions. This course will study the origins and development of our primary ideals of social organization. Students will actively engage questions about the value and future of capitalism and democracy while learning about its past.


COR 260-01 Democracies: Original Version

Ed Cafferty | W,F 12:30—1:45 PM

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COR 260-02 Democracies: The Cost of Liberty

Al Capone | M 12:30—1:45 PM / W 9:30—10:45 AM

In this section, we will explore the benefits and burdens of individual freedom and liberty. Are free citizens the foundation of capitalism and democracy, or are they a threat to these institutions?

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COR 260-03 Democracies: The Cost of Liberty

Al Capone | M 2:00—3:15 PM / W 11:00 AM—12:15 PM

In this section, we will explore the benefits and burdens of individual freedom and liberty. Are free citizens the foundation of capitalism and democracy, or are they a threat to these institutions?

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COR 260-04 Democracies: Who Dares to Speak Truth to Power?

Jeanne Lieberman | T, TH 2:00—3:15 PM

From ancient Greece to the 21st century White House, we will examine the role played by those who "spoke truth to power" in the formation, maintenance,  and viability of democracies and democracy movements. Through the lenses of history, media, and literature, we will explore context, consequences, methods, and achievements and consider future applications.

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COR 260-05 Democracies: Original Version

Naomi Winterfalcon | W, F 2:00—3:15 PM

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COR 260-06 Democracies: Original Version

Sanford Zale | M, TH 11:00 AM—12:15 PM

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COR-260-51 Democracies: Broken/Fixable?

David Leo-Nyquist | T,TH 5:00—6:15 PM

This section will explore the following questions: What exactly is "democracy;" how has it evolved over time; and are we—at home and abroad—still committed to its basic principles? What are the most serious threats to democracy in the Age of Trump? Where do we look today to see examples of flourishing democracy?

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COR-260-52 Democracies: Who Dares to Speak Truth to Power?

Jeanne Lieberman | T, TH 5:00—6:15 PM

From ancient Greece to the 21st century White House, we will examine the role played by those who "spoke truth to power" in the formation, maintenance, and viability of democracies and democracy movements. Through the lenses of history, media, and literature, we will explore context, consequences, methods, and achievements and consider future applications.

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