A People's History of Democratic Thought
Session Dates: July 15, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Equality. Liberty. Citizenship.
These key democratic ideals are at the forefront of modern American politics. This course aims to assess how these ideals have been extended or challenged by marginalized voices, including women, individuals of color and those historically excluded from the democratic process.
The course will begin with close readings and discussions surrounding the documents integral to America’s founding principles, as well as that of the political theorists who influenced them. Students will have an opportunity to consider how the perspectives of the disenfranchised and marginalized might force us to reconsider whether enfranchisement, equality before the law, and free market are robust enough to ensure full democratic citizenship for all Americans and to consider what true democracy demands of its citizens and institutions. The work of American activists and thinkers, such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Malcom X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, Bernie Sanders, Ava Duvernay and others, will also be included throughout the course, examining their roles as intellectual authorities on democratic thought.
Time in the classroom will include a combination of lectures, lively discussion, films and in-class projects. Students will also be asked to write one argumentative essay and to complete group work geared toward re-thinking our founding documents. These exercises are all designed to help students become better acquainted with the field of political science.
Los Angeles Area Excursion
Participants will have the opportunity to explore a Los Angeles area museum.
- Develop college-level argumentative essay writing skills
- Explore the historical context behind modern political and social justice issues
- Exercise debate and public speaking skills
Tuition and Fees
Application Fee: $50
2018 Program Cost: $3,950
The $3,950 program cost includes:
- Tuition for two-week, non-credit course
- Housing for 2 weeks
- All meals
- Course materials
- Use of campus recreation facilities
- Class field trips
- A trip to Disneyland
- An additional weekend day trip off campus
The cost does not include transportation to and from the program itself, personal spending money, or other incidentals.
For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page.
2018 Application Requirements
This program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
- Online Application
- Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
- Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
- High School Transcripts
- $50 Application Fee
- TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)
We are no longer accepting new applications to our "A People's History of Democratic Thought" program for 2018. For a full list of available courses please visit our courses by topic page.