Voting Rights, Democracy & Power

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Voting Rights Democracy&Power

Summer 2019

Taught By: Christopher Famighetti

Section: A

CRN: 2011

Credits: 3

Democracy in the United States is and has been an area of contestation. Today, we see initiatives to restrict access to the ballot, in an effort to determine the shape of the electorate, and thus the formation of social and economic policy. Such contemporary efforts to suppress the vote, and distort the shape of democratic participation, are part of a longer history of disenfranchisement, racism and exclusion - all part and parcel to the formation and development of American democracy. This course will start with a review of current policy debates around elections and voting rights in the United States, and use theoretical and historical foundations to consider (a) the social costs and downstream effects of developing policy when groups are excluded from democratic participation and (b) the potential of expanding the electorate, and/or increasing turnout, to achieve progressive policy change. We will be especially interested in how notions of enlightenment rationality and modern liberalism are challenged, and put into crisis, by post-structural theories of the policy process, with a focus on how uneven distributions of political and economic power can distort and endanger inclusive democratic participation and robust civic engagement.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 10:35am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 622

Date Range: 6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019