Undergraduate Courses

The following past and current courses have been made possible by funding from the American Democracy Forum. If you would like any additional information about any of the courses or would like to request a syllabus, please contact Michelle Schwarze.

Fall 2014

  • Political Science 565History of American Political Thought, Joshua Bandoch, American Democracy Forum Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Political Science 400: Representation in American Democracy, Michelle Schwarze, Benjamin Franklin Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow

Spring 2014

  • Political Science 506: Power in 20th Century American Society
    Adam Gomez, American Democracy Forum Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Political Science 506: Politics and the Sentimental Society in 18th Century Scotland and America
    Michelle Schwarze, Benjamin Franklin Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Political Science 566: Contemporary American Political Theory
    Professor John Zumbrunnen

Past Courses

  • Political Science 201: Passions and Political Deliberation
    Michelle Schwarze, Benjamin Franklin Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Political Science 400: Electoral Politics and American Political Thought
    Professor John Zumbrunnen

    Part of the ADF Undergraduate Fellows program, this course will consider the place of elections in the American political experience by considering their treatment in important texts in the history of American Political Thought. We will ask how American political thinkers have understood the purpose of elections; what they have to say about the nature of representation; how Americans have thought about the right to vote and its expansion; the role of the public in campaigns and elections and; more generally, how elections relate to principles of liberty, equality, democracy and justice. 2 credits. Meets for the first 12 weeks of the term on Thursday, 8:45-10:45 (an early hour, but the ADF will provide bagels and/or pastries every week!).

  • Political Science 506: The Ethics of Civic Engagement
    Nora Hanagan, American Democracy Forum Jack Miller Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Political Science 506: Principles of American Political Thought
    Professor John Zumbrunnen

    This course considers the relationship between two ideas central to American political thought: the idea of citizens as free and equal beings and the idea that ultimate political authority rests in the hands of the people. We might think—or at least hope—that these ideas are compatible or even mutually reinforcing. What happens, though, when rule by the people conflicts with the liberty and equality of individuals? How can we reconcile liberty, equality and popular sovereignty? (course syllabus)

  • Political Science 565: History of American Political Thought
    Adam Gomez, American Democracy Forum Postdoctoral Fellow
    Nora Hanagan, American Democracy Forum Jack Miller Postdoctoral Fellow

    Explores the intellectual origins and evolution of American political thought as seen through the lens of leading politicians, novelists and social critics from the Puritans to the Civil War. Also considers of the central tensions of American political thought from a contemporary perspective.

  • Political Science 566: Contemporary American Political Thought
    Professor John Zumbrunnen

    This course considers central themes and controversies in American political thinking during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Topics include the development of liberalism from the Progressive Era to the New Deal to the Great Society and beyond; the emergence of new strands of conservatism after World War II and the tensions between those strands; challenges by excluded and marginalized groups to the traditional social and political order; the revival of concerns about “community” in America; and the place of the United States in world affairs, particularly in the early 21st century. (course syllabus)