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PLS 3500 Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America is said to be the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America. This discussion-based course offers students an opportunity to read short selections from this famous book, written by a French aristocrat who visited the United States, including Michigan, in the 1830s. The book contains elements of sociology, business, psychology, political science, international relations and history, carrying real implications for current issues today including religion, divisive politics, public opinion, social media, race, gender, individualism and capitalism. If you liked watching Hamilton, you’ll love this course!