Voting Rights, Democratic Deliberation & Disparities: A Living History

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Voting Rights & Social Justice

Summer 2018

Taught By: Famighetti, Christopher

Section: A

CRN: 1898

Credits: 3

Democracy in the United States is, and has been, a contested space. This course will interrogate the history of democratic participation in the United States, with an emphasis on disparities in access to the ballot, and the concomitant racial discrimination, which continues to exclude voters from the franchise. We will start with an overview of the historical development of democratic inclusion, exclusion and participation in the United States, and then focus on how social, political and economic institutions intersect with and inform this development. The second half of the course will focus on the ways that democratic participation in the United States is mediated and informed by the carceral state, race, gender and sexuality, the regulation of citizenship, political power, wealth, redistricting, and contemporary voter suppression efforts that continue a history of marginalizing the political power of certain groups. The class will conclude with a discussion of current efforts to secure and expand voting rights in the United States, focusing on a selection of promising innovations, reforms, and movement building projects. For students, the class will culminate with a term paper and a related presentation that hones in on a key issue, of their choice, that was raised during the course.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 7:19pm 4/19/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 620

Date Range: 6/6/2018 - 7/25/2018