Democratic Theory

Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode FI203LH
Vaknaam Democratic Theory
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Democratic Theory. An introduction to current debates and problems
Leerdoelen The aim of this course is to familiarize students with current debates in democratic theory. At the end of the course, students should know about central conceptual debates around notions such as liberal, deliberative, epistemic, and radical democracy. In addition, they will known theoretical and practical dimensions of democratic experimentalism, e.g. through lottocratic institutions or democratic experiments at the workplace. They should be able to critically discuss claims about the values that democratic institutions are supposed to realize, and about the strengths and weaknesses of different formats of democratic decision-making.
They should also be able to apply the arguments discussed in the course to concrete political topics, such as the current crisis of liberal democracies or the relation between democracy and capitalism.
Omschrijving In public discourse, there are currently many debates about a “crisis of democracy”, or even the “end of democracy”. But how should one understand democratic institutions in the first place, and why are they worth preserving? Is democracy the principle “one person, one vote”, or is it more than than? Which values are democratic institutions supposed to realize? What are the preconditions for democracy to work well, and how could democracy be developed further? What is the democratic value of deliberation, experimentation or election by lot?
This seminar introduces students to the contemporary debate about the nature of democracy. We will read texts by critics and defenders of democracy, and analyse and discuss various proposals for how democratic institutions could be strengthened. We will also connect these theoretical considerations to current political events and critically discuss these.
Uren per week
(Essay: Students are examined based on one paper they write at the end of the course)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. J. Serrano Zamora
Docent(en) dr. J. Serrano Zamora
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A reading list will be provided before the seminar
Entreevoorwaarden Basic knowledge in the history of Western political thought would be helpful.
Opmerkingen Further information will be provided in the course.
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