This emphasis seeks to bring together theoretical and practical questions at the intersection of justice and democracy. Students who pursue this emphasis will consider the nature of democracy; its philosophical justifications; democratic institutions and practices; the study of democratic behavior; and the relationship between law, democracy, and justice. A central consideration of courses included in this emphasis is whether and under what circumstances democracy leads to justice for citizens who live under this regime.
The Justice and Democracy emphasis allows students to take courses in various sub-fields of Political Science, and to study the theme of justice and democracy across Public Law, American Politics, and Political Theory. American democracy –its history, development, institutions, behavior, and traditions of political thought – serves as a primary but not exclusive case study.