America in the World: Confronting the Scourge of Political Polarization

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
The American system of politics and government was designed to avoid polarization and promote consensus -- and by that measure it has been failing miserably. But what can be done? This course will delve into American constitutional structures and political traditions to diagnose the problem and identify possible solutions to political polarization. It will also explore how ideas may also be found within the examples of the many other democracies that have prevailed in the face of similar -- or even worse -- challenges to their political systems. The course draws upon two books written by the instructor titled The American Anomaly: US Politics and Government in Comparative Perspective and Importing Democracy: Ideas from Around the World to Reform and Revitalize American Politics and Government, as well as other works including the landmark book Why We're Polarized by journalist Ezra Klein. Students actively participate in the course by offering their own insights, and suggestions for reform, to the problems facing American democracy today.

Fall 2022 tuition is $449.

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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

  • Fall 2022

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2022
    • Date

      Oct 13 - Nov 17
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Smith, Raymond
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Website registration is not available. Please call (212) 998-7150 for more information on how to enroll.