America in the World: Dilemmas of Democracy at Home and Abroad

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
In recent years, the norms and practices of democracy have been under siege in countries around the world -- including within the United States. Lack of trust in institutions, polarization between the major parties, dysfunctional institutions, and a fraying social consensus pose dilemmas to the continuing viability of American democracy as well as that of many of its key partners and allies internationally. This course will delve into American constitutional structures and political traditions to diagnose the problems and identify possible solutions to the many problems now facing democracy. It will also explore how ideas may also be found within the examples of other democracies that have prevailed in the face of similar -- or even worse -- challenges to their political systems. The course draws upon a book written by the instructor titled The American Anomaly: US Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective  as well as other readings and news sources. Students actively participate in the course by offering their own insights, and suggestions for reform, to the problems democratic politics and government facing democracy in the 21st century.

Spring 2023 tuition is $499.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the problem of political participation and its possible solutions.
  • The ability to analyze how Constitutional structures and processes influence contemporary American politics and government.
  • The ability to critique how examples from other democracies can help the US out of its current dilemmas.

Ideal for

  • Students of US and comparative politics, government, and policymaking
  • Those seeking to contextualize how the United States is situated by comparison with other countries in the world

1 section

  • Spring 2023

    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2023
    • Date

      Mar 23 - May 4
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Smith, Raymond
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Please call (212) 998-7150 for Tuition.