Not long after an unprecedented alliance of over two dozen countries took six years to defeat global fascism, Winston Churchill famously remarked, “Democracy is the worst form of government... except for all those other forms that have been tried.” The following decades of decolonization culminating with the fall of the Berlin Wall opened the constitutional floodgates as new governments pledged to protect individual liberties and civil rights. Yet two decades into the 21st century, the temptations of illiberal democracy have fueled the rise of autocratic leaders, threatening the hope and promise of representative democracy.
This module will explore the contemporary tendency towards authoritarianism and ask whether the world’s democracies can assure that, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
This course is not on the LJCDS campus, and transportation is not provided. Students will need to travel to UC San Diego Park and Market, 1100 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101.
8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
La Jolla Country Day School, for-credit: $2,320 for four modules*
UC San Diego, for-credit one unit: $1,725 for any three modules
UC San Diego, for-credit two units: $2,875 for all five modules
Led by San Diego Diplomacy Council
*The LJCDS for-credit option requires the successful completion of any four high school-level modules plus additional asynchronous coursework (asynchronous readings, a research paper and an original diplomatic simulation).
: SDDC strives to bring diverse cohorts of students together for each module of this program, and recognizes that cost should never be a barrier to participation in our programs. Thanks to our generous sponsors/funders, we are typically able to offer scholarships for San Diego-area students in need of financial assistance and/or who are underrepresented/underserved in their community. Please contact Julia Masias at firstname.lastname@example.org