Where Goes the Republic in 2018?


Three Sessions: Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23; 1:30-3:30 PM

Location: Urbandale Public Library

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 30


The Founding Fathers created a republican form of government, not a democracy. This course will cover how the republican form of government has evolved through time to become a democratic republic. We will assess various theories of power, including elite, pluralist and populist theories, as each relates to our current governance. Benjamin Franklin, a founder, stated, "We have given you a republic, if you can keep it."  These are interesting and challenging times for us to address his statement and the question, "Where goes the Republic in 2018?"


Instructor Thomas Beck holds a BA from Wartburg College and an MA from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught state government, national government and public administration classes at DMACC for 32 years and was also an adjunct instructor in law, government and world politics for the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

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