Communication and Culture | Discussion and Decision-Making
C225 | 1054-1057 | Welsh


	This course considers the challenge of participatory public
discussion
and decision making in democracy.  It is premised on the idea that
individuals and groups are always bound up in public institutions and
vocabularies that both constrain action and provide possibilities for
action.  We will begin with an examination of historical attitudes
toward
and practices of public discussion and decision making in order to
interrogate attitudes and practices of today.  In the second half of
the
course, we will take up contemporary approaches to deliberation in
democracy in pursuit of more vigorous and dynamic deliberative
practices.  As the semester unfolds, we will hold our conceptual
exploration accountable to practice in classroom deliberations on a
controversial political issue that emerges during the semester.