History of American Democracy
Course Number 1139
Also Harvard College US/W 39
Professor David A. Moss
Fall 2013, 26 Sessions
Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
General Education course for Harvard undergraduates
Enrollment: 12 seats are set aside for HBS EC students who will earn 3.0 HBS credits
If fewer undergraduates choose to enroll, some additional spots may be available through Add/Drop.
Meetings will be held on the HBS campus
Today we often hear that American democracy is broken-but what would a healthy democracy look like? How has American democratic governance functioned in the past, and how has it changed over time? This course approaches American history with these questions in mind. The course will be taught by the case-method and include both Harvard undergraduates and MBA students. Each session will introduce students to a different critical episode in the development of American democracy, from the drafting of the Constitution to contemporary fights over corporate political activity. The course is of relevance to business students because the quality and style of democratic governance (in fiscal policy, economic regulation, education, social welfare, and so on) have enormous implications for the nature of the business environment - in the United States and in democracies around the world.