Course Description

Global Challenges to Democratic and Pluralistic Societies

Instructor: David Krueger
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 1-Mar 15
Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom  


Many democratic societies are facing the rise of popular movements that are drawn to political leaders who eschew democratic norms and foster mistrust in the value of pluralism. Why does religion so often a play a role in defining and debating notions of national identity and belonging? What are the factors that give rise to authoritarian politics? This six-week course will trace the rise of Christian nationalism in the U.S. and other religious nationalisms around the world and explore pathways to foster the health of diverse democracies.
Maximum registrants: 75


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