Political Polarization in the 2020s

We’re polarized. From tense family dinners to massive civil unrest, we seem increasingly unable — or unwilling — to understand one another across tense political divides. This 8-week course will explore the roots of our current crisis, with an emphasis on deep analysis that goes beyond red or blue “bubbles.” (Be warned: this means that nobody’s opinions will come away unchallenged. Get ready to get uncomfortable.) Using frameworks from cultural psychology, cognitive science, complex systems, and cultural criticism, we’ll examine the interlocking problems of economy, technology, and community in relation to challenges such as immigration, religion, and democracy itself. 

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