CAS 409 - Democratic Deliberation
Professor: John Gastil
Office: 240H Sparks
Learning a better way to govern ourselves
A more deliberative democracy would require broader public participation in politics and government and more serious deliberation on the challenges we must face together. This course introduces recent theory and research on deliberation and sharpens students’ skills at a range of processes, including informal political conversation, public forums, jury deliberation, the interplay of media and elections, and deliberation within and between governments and nonprofit organizations.
Students who take the course will develop: a clearer understanding how deliberative processes work; more skill at deliberating; the ability to recognize when contemporary practices fall short of the deliberative ideal; and fresh ideas for how to make our political process and our society more deliberative.