MC Democracy and the Power Elites

Faculteit Honours College
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode HCMMC02501
Vaknaam MC Democracy and the Power Elites
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
ECTS 1
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Uitgebreide vaknaam MC Democracy and the Power Elites
Leerdoelen Students are able to explain and address ethical issues that arise in relation to political power and leadership.
Omschrijving The ideal of a liberal democracy is based on values such as equality, freedom and participation. In practice, however, power plays a central role in political systems that subscribe to these ideals. Power is exerted by a governmental elite who typically subscribe to a one-sided set of values. This is in tension with the idea that all people are equal and free, and that everybody should have the opportunity to participate. As such, political parties on the left side of the political spectrum have been particularly critical of the power elite. However, left-wing parties and social movements rely on a ruling class as well. Marxists, for instance, present themselves as those who will liberate the proletariat from its shackles. This masterclass consists of two parts. The first provides the necessary background for understanding what power is and how power elites work. The second addresses the key question that arises from the conundrum just presented: when are elites acceptable?

Requirements. Students prepare the meetings by reading assigned literature and formulating questions. They actively engage and discuss with the two philosophical and political contributors. And they write a brief essay in which they critically reflect on a particular power elite using the material from the masterclass.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Discussiebijeenkomsten, Essay, Literatuurstudie
Toetsvorm Actieve deelname, Essay
Vaksoort Honours College-Master
Coördinator prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks
Docent(en) Gastdocent(en) ,prof. dr. F.A. Hindriks , Diederik Olders
Entreevoorwaarden Only available for students who have been accepted into the MA Honours College Programme.
Opmerkingen The following condition (Article 3.6 of the EAR, to be found in your Student Portal under Organizations) applies: “Except in the event of extraordinary circumstances, all Master’s Honours Programme course units have a 100% attendance requirement, which includes preparation for and active participation in the course units.”
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Honours Master  (2. Masterclasses) 1 semester I keuze