CoursesPolitical Empathy and Deliberative Democracy in America
PSCI 398 - 301

Political Empathy and Deliberative Democracy in America

This course seeks to understand contemporary political divisions in the United States.  Guiding our analysis will be scholarship from the discipline of political science, with particular attention given to political culture, American political development and federalism while incorporating scholarship from several other disciplines.

Mondays/Wednesdays, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM
(Approved Wharton requirement sector: Social Sciences)

As we study political culture at the national level we will unpack our own individual attitudes towards politics. There will be an emphasis throughout the course on personal wellness during dialogue with assignments ranging from written reflections on experiences to textual analysis to their combination.

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