Communication and Culture | Discussion and Decision Making
C225 | 1145-1148 | Mark Harrison


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.