Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. 2 x one hour lectures and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester. |
Total Time Commitment: Not available
|Prerequisites:||Completion of at least 12.5 points at second year in Politics and International Studies.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||Levels 1 & 2 Politics and International Studies|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||166-219 Democracy, Terrorism and Violence|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
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CoordinatorProf Adrian Little
Assoc. Prof. Adrian Little
Democracy is popularly regarded as the fairest system of government. Yet it is a widely and deeply contested concept in political theory. In practice it can vary from the highly participatory to the narrowly elitist. This subject examines the key concepts in democratic theory and the ways in which they are employed in different political ideologies and movements. It identifies the main principles in which are invoked to support the political structures of different societies. In so doing the subject analyses concepts such as freedom, equality and rights and their implications for the nature of democracy and the organization of the state and civil society. It will also explain the different forms of political agency that exist in democracies from the nation to the community and the individual. in recent years the ideals of democracy have been challenged through the emergence of terrorism, the growth of violence perpetrated by democracies, and attendant issues such as the displacement of people, migration and policies on refugees. This subject examines the status of democracy in the world today and the implications of contemporary challenges for the future of democracy.
|Assessment:||A 2000-word essay (50%) due mid-semester, and a 2-hour exam (50%) during the examination period.|
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|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Notes:||Available as a Breadth subject to non-Bachelor of Arts students|
International Studies Major |
Political Science Major
Politics && International Studies
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