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Democracy and Political Participation

Summary of the Course: Ever since the end of the Cold War, taking place in the context of, and further propelling forward, the so-called >Third Wave= of democratization throughout the world, many Americans have been celebrating the global victory of democracy and capitalism. Some have even gone to war allegedly to preserve and promote this ‘victory’. At the same time, numerous democracies throughout the world are wrestling with problems of “civic disengagement” and growing disillusionment with ‘elitist democracy’ (i.e. inequality and elite domination) or ‘big government’ (i.e. bureaucracy and state tyranny). What does all of this mean for the future…

Poverty, Gender, and Microcredit

BACKGROUND TO SERVICE LEARNING AND COURSE OVERVIEW Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1800?s observed that the strength of American democracy lay in its spirited voluntary associations and emphasis on community. He declared however, that democracy and its manifestation of individualism, while a virtue, could become a vice when taken to extremes, especially in the form of hyper individualism. Several contemporary scholars have revealed that America has already reached this vicious stage of its democracy, one in which people are so preoccupied with their own concerns and successes that they have shut out of their consciences and consciousnesses the concerns of…