Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week |
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours per week , 5 additional hours per week. Total of 8 hours per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||none|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||none|
|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry. |
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CoordinatorProf Stephen Wheatcroft
There have never been more electoral democracies in the world than there are today, and globally politics is full of promises or threats of the further spread of democracy. Historically, though, democracy has been a relatively rare and often precarious form of government, and always an incomplete one. There have been warrior democracies, slave-owning democracies, property-owning democracies, and white male democracies. The franchise and scope of democratic governance have never been fixed. And the meaning and application of "democratic" principles remains an object of continuing political struggle. What, then, is a "democracy"? Where did democratic principles come from? How have they been applied? And are they changing? This course offers a sustained analysis of the past, present, and future of democracy. It has four aims. First, it introduces students to the primary elements of democratic theory. Second, it traces through the shifting place of democratic principles over time in political life from the ancient to the modern world. Third, it contemplates the historical struggle to extend those principles in new directions. Finally, it ponders key tensions and possibilities in democratic practice over the coming years. In pursuit of these aims, we range widely. The course moves historically from the ancient world to possible futures. It traverses a geography that extends from Europe to Asia, the Americas and Africa. It contemplates the democratic struggles of the colonised, the working class, and women. And it ponders the connections between democracy and the media, the environment, and the economy. On completion of the subject students should be familiar with democratic theory and history. They should understand the forces that have helped to make democracy, and they should be able to imagine how it might be remade over the coming years.
Students must attend a minmum of nine tutorials, demonstrate familiarity with online resources and participate in the Faculty of Arts online learning community in order to qualify to have their written work assessed.
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available.|
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Bachelor of Arts (Extended) |
Interdisciplinary Foundation Subjects |
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