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John W. Gastil
POL S 455
Seattle Campus

Political Deliberation

Exploration of philosophical and empirical writings on political deliberation in small groups, campaigns, and other public settings. Contemporary deliberative theory. Participation in face-to-face discussions on current issues. Recommended: either COM 273 or COM 373. Offered: jointly with COM 417.

Class description

Description: A new wave of theory and research has developed the idea that the ideal form of self-government is a “deliberative democracy.” This course introduces you to a wide range of perspectives on deliberative democracy and gives you the skills to be an effective part of any deliberative process—from jury deliberation to public forums. You will participate directly in deliberation on current political issues, analyze and critique media content, and write about different forms of deliberation that span the globe.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Text: Gastil, Deliberative Democracy HBK; Gastil, Political Communication & Deliberation.

Class assignments and grading


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 02/27/2008