Applying Deliberative Polling: A Course for Students to Study and Enact Deliberative Democracy
Thursday, April 7, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

This webinar will discuss how higher education institutions can build virtual and in-person deliberative democracy into student life. It will focus on COMM 138/238 Applying Deliberative Polling, a practicum course for students at Stanford. In COMM 138/238, students study deliberative democracy and then design and implement their own Deliberative Poll, an experiment and educational event where participants are surveyed about their opinions on policy after moderated, small-group deliberation. In May 2021, the practicum cohort organized Shaping Our Future, a national Deliberative Poll that engaged over 600 young people in virtual discussion on policy topics spanning electoral reform to national service. This historic, virtual experiment not only generated fascinating results among participants, but was a unique, hands-on civic engagement opportunity for young people across the country.