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Core Curriculum

Democracy

Democracy

Facilitator: Chad Raphael, Communication

This Pathway will focus on the history, theory, and practice of democracy. As both a political philosophy and a way of allocating power, democracy may be studied in many contexts:
Within political systems, as rule by the people.
Within social systems, influencing and influenced by other institutions, such as the economy, education, philanthropy, science and technology, social services, the arts, religion, the media, and even the family.
In non-governmental institutions, shaping decision-making and rights of stakeholders.
The unifying goal of this Pathway is to help each student draw conclusions about the contributions to and practice of democracy in contemporary institutions relevant to the students major and/or vocation.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ENGL        2A        Global Rights & Perceptions (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A        Making Change Happen (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A        Science, Ethics, and Society (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        2A        The Rhetoric of Social Class (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL        12A      Rebellion & Conformity (effective 9/1/09)
HIST         12A      Civilization & the City (effective 9/1/09)
HIST         12H      Rebellion & Conformity (effective 9/1/09)
HNRS        12A      Rebellion & Conformity (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          12A      Personal Identity & Community (Vallor; effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          12H      Personal Identity and Community (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          12A      Philosophy of Law (effective 9/1/09)
PHIL          12A      Philosophy, Society & Culture (effective 9/1/09)
POLI          2A        Making Change Happen (effective 9/1/09)

American Politics
GOVT        410-001T     American Govt & Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Anthropology
ANTH         151       Law and Society (effective 9/1/09)

Art History
*ARTH        144      Race, Gender, and Nation in the 18th and 19th Century American Art (effective 9/1/09)
*ARTH        145      Perpetual Revolution: American Art in the 20th Century
Arts & Sciences (effective 9/1/09)

Arts & Sciences
ASCI          50        Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ELSJ 50; effective 9/1/09)

Child Studies
CHST         4 ​         Cultural Competence and Humility with Children and Families (effective 01/09/2017)

Classics
CLAS          108      Ancient Greece (cross-listed with HIST 108; effective 9/1/09)
CLAS          113      Democracy Under Siege: Ancient Athens and Modern America (cross-listed with HIST 132; effective 9/1/09)
CLAS          146      Age of Socrates (cross-listed with PHIL 141A; effective 9/1/09)
CLAS          187      The Democratic Muse: Public Art in Athens and the United States (effective 1/1/16)
CLAS          188      Classical Origins of Justice (effective 9/1/11)

Communication
COMM         40        Introduction to Journalism (effective 9/1/09)
COMM         40EL     Introduction to Journalism-ELSJ (cross-listed with ETHN 60; effective 9/1/09)
*COMM       108A     Communication and Gender (cross-listed with WGST 161; effective 9/1/09)
COMM         120A     Environmental Communication (effective 9/1/09)
COMM         122A     Media and Advocacy (effective 9/1/10)
COMM         127A     Media and Social Movements (effective 9/1/10)
COMM         128B     Dialogue and Deliberation (effective 9/1/09)
*COMM       141B     Advanced Journalism (effective 9/1/09)
*COMM       145B     Legal Journalism (effective 9/1/09)
COMM         147A     News and Democracy (effective 9/1/09)
COMM         168A     Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with WGST 117; effective 9/1/10)
COMM         170A     Communication Law (effective 9/1/09)
COMM         450-001T     Journalism Semester Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

English
ENGL           65         Political Literature (effective 5/6/2016)
ENGL           66         Radical Imagination (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL           105       Literacy and Social Justice (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL           145       Milton
ENGL           145EL    Victorian Literature (effective 5/12/2016)

Ethnic Studies
ETHN           60         Intro to Journalism: Focus on Americas Diverse, Multi-Racial Identities and Communities (cross-listed with COMM 40EL; effective 9/1/10)
ETHN           134       Black Social Movements (effective 9/1/09)
*ETHN         153       Minority Politics in the United States (cross-listed with POLI 153; effective 1/1/16)
ETHN           156       Environmental Racism, Gender & Justice (cross-listed with WGST 113; effective 9/1/09)
ETHN           165       Community Based Research Methods (effective 1/1/16)

Environmental Studies
*ENVS         122       Environmental Politics and Policy (cross-listed with POLI 157; effective 9/1/09)

Experiential Learning for Social Justice
ELSJ            50         Law & Social Justice (cross-listed with ASCI 50; effective 9/1/09)

French & Francophone Studies
*FREN         173        Immigration, Race, & Identity in Contemporary France (effective 9/1/09)

History
HIST           30          The French Revolution, an Introduction (effective Fall 2017; effective 4/1/17) 
HIST           96A        Introduction to the History of the United States I (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           96B        Globalization, Reform, and War: The United States, 1877 to Present (effective 9/1/14)
HIST           108        Ancient Greece (cross-listed with CLAS 108; effective 9/1/09)
HIST           112        The Haitian Revolution in World History and Memory (effective 9/1/11)
HIST           115S      Gender, Race, and Citizenship in the Atlantic World (cross-listed with WGST 169; effective 9/1/09)
HIST           118        Representation, Rights, and Democracy, 1050-1792 (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           119        Ireland and the Diaspora (effective 3/25/16)
HIST           121        Saving the World? A Critical History of Human Rights and Humanitarianism (effective 3/29/16)
HIST           128        Victorian London (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           130        France and the World (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           130A      The French Enlightenment and Revolution in a Global Context (effective 9/1/11)
HIST           130B      Late Modern France & the World (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           131        War and Democracy in the United Kingdom during World War I (effective 9/1/10)
HIST           132        Democracy Under Siege: Ancient Athens and Modern America (cross-listed with CLAS 113; effective 9/1/09)
HIST           158        Turmoil and Reform: U.S. 1877-1920 (effective 3/25/16)
HIST           165        United States Political History (effective 1/1/16)
HIST           170        The American Revolution (effective 10/21/2016)
HIST           171        The New Nation (effective 4/1/17)
HIST           174        Turbulence and Change: America in the 1960s and 1970s (effective 01/09/2017)
HIST           176        Contemporary America: 1980 to the Present (effective 04/03/2017)
HIST           186        California (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           188S      The Making of Modern America: The Progressive Era (formerly HIST 188; effective 9/1/2013)

Justice & Law
JLS             492-001T     Justice Semester Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Peace & Conflict Resolution
SIS             319-900T     The Middle East & World Affairs Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS             450-900T     Intl Law & Organizations Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS             471-900T     Intl Environment & Development Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS             486-900T     Peace & Conflict Resolution Seminar (American University Washington Semester Program)
SIS             491-001T     Foreign Policy & Intl Politics Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Philosophy
PHIL            8H         Ethical Issues in Politics
PHIL            28         Ethics in Politics (effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 8)
PHIL            28H       Ethics in Politics (effective 9/1/09)
*PHIL          118        Ethics and Constitutional Law (effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 113)
*PHIL          119        Ethics and Criminal Law (effective 9/1/10; formerly PHIL 114)
*PHIL          127        Marx and Ethics (effective 4/23/2012; formerly PHIL 123)
PHIL            141A      Ancient Philosophy: Socrates (cross-listed with CLAS 146; effective 9/1/09; formerly PHIL 131A)

Political Science
POLI            1           Introduction to U.S. Politics (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            2           Intro to Comparative Politics (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            30         Introduction to Political Philosophy (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            107        American Political Thought (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            116A       Model United Nations Research Preparation (must take both A and B in order to get the 2 units of credit; if these courses are used towards the pathway, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum; effective 9/1/10)
*POLI          116B        Model United Nations: International Conflict Simulation (must take both A and B in order to get the 2 units of credit; if these courses are used towards the pathway, additional courses may be needed to reach the 12 or 16 unit minimum; effective 9/1/10)
POLI            117          International Humanitarian Action: Darfur (effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          119          European Union (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            132          Transnational Political Movements (effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          133          Political Parties, Elections & Policy (effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          134          Race & Ethnicity in Politics of Developed States (effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          143          Democracy & Democracy Building (effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          144          European Politics (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            149          Special Topics in Comparative Politics (topic "Intelligence and Democracy" only, effective 09/1/09) 
POLI            149L        Special Topics in Comparative Politics (topic "British Politics" only)
*POLI          150          The Presidency (effective 9/1/11)
*POLI          151          The Congress (effective 9/1/10)
*POLI          153          Minority Politics in the U.S. (cross-listed with ETHN 153; effective 9/1/09)
*POLI          156          Politics and Mass Media (effective 9/1/09)
POLI            157          U.S. Environmental Policy (cross-listed with ENVS 122; effective 9/1/09)
POLI            169          Special Topics in US Politics (cross-listed with WGST 118; effective 9/1/09)
POLI            171          Women and Law (cross-listed with WGST 118; effective 9/1/09)
POLI            198A        Public Sector Study and Internship (Cross-listed with POLI 198EL; effective 9/1/10)
POLI            198EL       Public Sector Study and Internship (Cross-listed with POLI 198; effective 9/1/10)

Psychology
PSYC           155           Psychology and Law (effective 9/1/09)

Religious Studies
*TESP          163           Christianity and Politics (effective 9/1/09)

Sociology
SOCI            30             Self, Community, and Society (effective 9/1/09)
SOCI            122           Applied Capstone (effective 9/1/09)
SOCI            132           Social Stratification (effective 9/1/09)
SOCI            157           Sociology of Family (cross-listed with WGST 182; effective 9/1/09)
*SOCI          161           Sociology of the Criminal Justice System (effective 9/1/09)
SOCI            170           Applied Capstone

Theatre
THTR            44             Modern American Theatre History: Censorship, Arts Funding and Theatre Unions (effective 9/1/09)

Transforming Communities
GOVT           417-001T     Transforming Communities Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Women's and Gender Studies
WGST           76             Violence Against Women (effective 9/1/09)
WGST           101           Feminist Theory (effective 9/1/11)
WGST           113           Environmental Racism, Gender, & Justice (cross-listed with ETHN 156; effective 9/1/10)
WGST           117           Race, Gender and Politics in the News (cross-listed with COMM 168A; effective 9/1/10)
WGST           118           Women & Law (cross-listed with POLI 169 and POLI 171; effective 9/1/09)
*WGST         161           Communication and Gender (cross-listed with COMM 108A; effective 9/1/09)
WGST           169           Gender, Race, and Citizenship in the Atlantic World (cross-listed with HIST 115; effective 9/1/09)
WGST           182           Sociology of Family (cross-listed with SOCI 157; effective 9/1/09)
WGST           189           Sex, Law and Social Justice (effective 9/1/12)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites