Analyzing Democracy

Course Description: 

This course offers theoretical and comparative analysis of democracies. First, we will analyze different theoretical models of democracy, namely the pluralist, elitist, representative, participatory, deliberative, populist, plebiscitary, national, transnational, global, cosmopolitan types. Second, our discussion will include the so-called different „stages” of democracy (such as minimalist, electoral, substantive, consolidated etc.). Finally, current empirical problems, such as the phenomenon of „post-democracy”, the signs of deterioration (deconsolidation, breakdown) and the rise of illiberal democracy, competitive authoritarianism and hybrid regimes will be identified. The readings cover some of the most important texts written by classics and contemporary classic authors in political science from Dahl to Diamond and from Schumpeter to Mair, Urbinati, Schmitter and several others. By the last class, students should hand over a 2000-word long final essay. Its topic must be discussed with me previously.

Learning Outcomes: 

-                     Students will be able to analyze the different forms, and types of democracy, and their differences from semi-democracies and hybrid regimes.

-                     They will have the key academic skills in analytical writing and crtical writing and will be able to base their knowledge on solid theoretical foundations.

-                     Students will have a multidimensional approach to the concept, and they will be able to think in terms of value awareness and policy relevance.

Assessment: 

-                     participation, activity (20%),

-                     oral presentations (20%),

-                     short written assignments, handouts (20%),

-                     a 2000-word final essay to be handed by the last class (40%).

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