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2015-2016 Catalog

GOVT 418 Democracy, Inclusion, Exclusion

Inclusion is often cited as a core democratic value. What exactly does it require, however? And, to what degree do liberal democracies meet (or fail to meet) this ideal? This course will explore the promise and limits of this political ideal, and chart a variety of concrete ways that groups are excluded from full political membership. Over the semester, we will consider these questions through issues of immigration, race, poverty and mass incarceration. [SS, GM1, GM2, V, W]