Admission to one of the following programmes is required:
- MA Philosophy 60 EC: PPE, or Ethics and Politics
- MA Philosophy 120 EC: Philosophy of Law, or Philosophy of Political Science
(Students who have obtained a BA degree in Philosophy from Leiden University are admissible to all specialisations of the MA Philosophy 60 EC.)
This course analyses the meaning and significance of democracy in the contemporary world. We will consider both the variety of democratic ideals as they have developed in the history of political thought and contemporary challenges posed by globalization. Questions that are likely to come up include: Is democracy all about elections, or does it require deeper forms of participation? What is democratic representation? What would it mean to democratize global forms of governance? The reading list will contain a mix of classic theories of democracy and recent discussions.
This course aims to give students an understanding of the most important strands of democratic theory and some of the challenges these theories face in the contemporary world.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of :
- the most important strands of democratic theory;
- some of the challenges these theories face in the contemporary world.
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- critically analyse recent literature in democratic theory;
- identify, articulate and critically assess key concepts and arguments in this area.
Mode of instruction
Class attendance is required.
Total course load (10 EC x 28 hrs): 280 hours
- Class attendance: 14 × 3 hours = 42 hours
- Studying the compulsory literature: 118 hours
- Completing assignments and papers: 120 hours
- Mid-term paper: 30%
- Final paper: 60%
- Participation and/or presentation: 10%
One resit will be offered, covering the entire course content and consisting of a paper. The grade will replace previously earned grades for subtests. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the first examination(s) cannot take the resit.
Blackboard will be used for announcements and posting of course materials.
To be announced.
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