The Spring 2019 classes listed below (only these) are available for cross registration by graduate students from other divisions of Columbia.
To request admission to a class students must submit this form. The form is open from January 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. to February 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Unless otherwise noted, these are all six-point, full-semester classes.
Class Offerings for Spring 2019
This seminar tackles the question, now vividly alive in a growing number of countries around the world, of what to make of populism, particularly right-wing populism that seeks to enact what has been called “illiberal democracy.” In the U.S., where “democracy” is a sacred word, we regularly misunderstand it. We certainly misunderstand its history. A 2011 Federal Communication Commission report claimed that the Founding Fathers envisioned an “independent watchdog function…for journalism” (this is wrong, they envisioned no such thing) and the FCC continued to argue that the founders called journalism “crucial to a healthy democracy” (wrong again -- the founders saw democracy as offensive and crafted a Constitution clearly intended to prevent it). They believed they were establishing “republican” government, something like what is now generally called liberal democracy. As for populism, some thinkers have argued that it is a necessary occasional enhancement of democratic values and a cleansing of institutional and bureaucratic rigidities, but others see it as a dangerous challenge to the fundamental spirit of democratic life, including an acceptance of legitimate opposition in governing and a recognition of the reality and benefit of pluralism in society. Whether the news media play or should play an important role in encouraging or in discouraging populism, and whether some media specifically are inclined to foster populism (cable television, online media generally, social media especially, and perhaps Twitter in particular) is also a matter of growing concern. The readings for this course re-examine relevant texts from the history of American political thought and, more broadly, recent works on political theory and populism, integrating thinking on the role of the media in politics. Clearly, populist forces are demonstrating their appeal beyond the U.S., notably in Britain, Brazil, Poland, Hungary, the Philippines, Turkey, in expressions of right-wing populism, while left-wing populism in much of Latin America as well as in Greece and Spain has been more influential. Some readings will examine populism outside the U.S. context.
For the most part, spots in J-School classes are assigned to non-Journalism graduate students on a space available basis (with top priority given to IMC SIPA students).
To request cross-registration in a Journalism School course, please complete this form.
The form will be active as of Thursday, January 10, at 10 a.m.
Please note that this is only a REQUEST and we cannot guarantee your request will be accommodated.
Cross-registration request forms are processed on a first come, first served basis.
If your form is submitted correctly you will receive a request confirmation e-mail within 24 hours. Please remember to include the @columbia.edu after your UNI.
You will NOT receive an e-mail from my office saying that your request was granted or not granted.
To learn if your request was granted, you must keep checking your class schedule on the web. All requests remain on file during the cross-registration period (January 10 - February 1 at 10 a.m.).
You do not need to submit multiple forms for the same cross-registration request. If I am able to grant requests I do it as soon as possible but sometimes it takes days for a space to open in a class. Sometimes the space never opens up.
Please remember that you are submitting a cross-registration REQUEST. There is no guarantee that I will be able to approve your request. Until you see a change reflected on your class schedule on STUDENT SERVICES ONLINE, your request has not been approved.
If you have more than one course for which you want to be considered, please submit a separate form for each class.
Also, please be certain that you are not requesting a class that conflicts with any of your other classes.
Direct any questions to Melanie Huff.