Contemporary American Politics – Reform, Polarization, and Violence

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Contemporary American Politics

Fall 2021

Taught By: David Plotke

Section: AX

CRN: 12178

Credits: 4

Contemporary American politics includes three key processes. First, the new President Joseph Biden and the Democrats in Congress have embarked on major reform initiatives. These appear in the stimulus legislation passed in March 2021 and several other initiatives. Second, American politics remains highly polarized. Deep differences persist about economic, social, and cultural issues, from tax policy to racial and ethnic relations. Third, notable political actors have turned to violence to press claims and attack the legitimacy of their opponents. This upsurge defined the events of January 6, featuring an attack on the results of the November 2020 election and on Congress. Amid these processes, we examine key aspects of American politics - institutions, political action, and political thought. Students will select and pursue a research project that includes substantial inquiry into current political themes and conflicts. This course is open to undergraduates at Lang College and other parts of The New School.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:22am 9/25/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 9/3/2021 - 12/17/2021