If offered, students can rank their preferences for these courses in the Approaching Stanford form.
Can the People Rule?
How did our ideas about democracy as a universal norm evolve from a term once used to describe a handful of ancient Greek city-states? Would American democracy function better if we applied ancient practices that allowed the people to rule more directly and knowledgeably?
Sustainability and Collapse
What does it mean to live sustainably? How do our different definitions of nature — scientific, literary, cultural, and historical — shape the way we answer that question?
The Science of MythBusters
How do scientists actually go about answering practical questions? How does science function as a way of understanding our world, and — importantly — how does it differ from other approaches?