Fall 2009

Leadership, Citizens and Democracy

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-17

Faculty

Ronald S. Tiersky (Section 01)

Description

The paradox of American democracy, or of any democracy, is that effective self-government requires a perpetual struggle between the people and their leaders.  Citizens must be active but wary; governments must be efficient yet accountable. The result is that democracy is frustrating and self-contradictory, even while it is the best, or the least bad system of government.  In the world order, America's claim to an international leadership role is also based on a contradiction.  The United States is simultaneously a Liberal Democracy and a Great Power, caught inevitably between democratic ideals and the responsibilities and temptations of having so much power.

This course is a seminar discussion with regular short papers assigned.  Papers are read for both content and writing.  An important goal of the class is to help students improve their writing.

Fall semester.  Professor Tiersky.

Offerings

2014-15: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010
 

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