The Democratic Imagination
- Lecture/Discussion: 3
This course analyzes past and current struggles over the meaning and practice of democracy. It compares official and critical perspectives on what ‘rule by the people' should look like, and encourages students to reflect upon their own role in systems where social and environmental affairs are organized by the principle of popular power. The course examines ongoing struggles over what aspects of life should be democratically controlled, and engages debates about core concepts such as freedom, equality, citizenship, representation, government, economy, and environmental sustainability.