PSC/IR 260 Democratic Erosion
- Spring 2020Gretchen HelmkeSpring 2020 ("W" Optional) — T 11:05 - 13:45
Is American democracy under threat? What about democracy in the West, or the world more generally? How can we detect if democracies are eroding? Democratic Erosion is a new upper-level undergraduate seminar, based on a cross-university collaboration, which is aimed at evaluating threats to democracy both in the United States and abroad through the lens of theory, history and social science. Importantly, the class is not intended as a partisan critique, but rather teaches students how to answer questions about democratic erosion using both analytical and empirical tools. Not open to first years and sophomores.