GOV 381L • Voices of Citizenship
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
Course Description: This seminar explores how communication is used by citizens to construct their political communities. We will ask: Is the United States one nation or many nations? Have the peoples communal instincts changed over time? Do we still really listen to one another? Is nationalism needed in a new, global village? Is patriotism the hobgoblin of little minds? Do the mass media help us understand ourselves as a people? Has the proliferation of political enclaves in the U.S. unraveled the nation?
Grading: A few short papers (20%), a seminar presentation/guidance (20%), and a major term paper (60%).
Texts: Selections from such works as Robert Putnam and Lewis Feldsteins Better Together: Restoring the American Community; Benedict Andersons Imagined Communities; Alan Wolfes One Nation After All; Michael Schudsons The Good Citizen; Michael Hogans Rhetoric and Community; E.J. Dionnes Community Works; Rogers Smiths Stories of Peoplehood; John Freies Counterfeit Community; Nina Eliasophs Avoiding Politics; and Maurizio Virolis For Love of Country.