Autumn Course Highlights

If offered, students can rank their preferences for these courses in the Approaching Stanford form.



Sitting Buddha at Cantor MuseumHow do we know and understand another person by ‘walking in their shoes’? How does knowledge of another’s experience and circumstances enable us to make moral decisions and take moral actions?

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Race in American Memory


Untitled image of woman standing in doorHow have Americans' memories of the Civil War involved understandings of race? How has American National identity evolved since the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery?

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Spirit of Democracy

Nasarwasalam, Iraq VotingWhat has led to the success of democracy around the world? What have been its problems, and what has stymied its further spread? Can technology improve democracy? How much of a challenge is economic inequality to the viability of democratic decision under modern conditions? 

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