Democracy under Pressure in the Age of S

Faculteit Honours College
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode HCRGB0905
Vaknaam Democracy under Pressure in the Age of S
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Democracy under Pressure in the Age of Social Media (Faculty of Law)
Leerdoelen This broadening module aims to enable students to critically assess the many news items that discuss (threats to) democracy and the rule of law in several states. Upon completion of this course, a student is able to explain:
- the basic political ideals, assumptions and legal principles that underlie Western democracies;
- several ways in which these assumptions and principles shape the political organisation of the state (including parliamentary and (semi)presidential systems);
- the way in which election law and voting rules influence the protection of the rule of law;
- how and why the rule of law and judicial oversight are a prerequisite to a well-functioning democracy;
- how and why specific fundamental rights are a prerequisite to a well-functioning democracy;
- how social media has become a vehicle of broad political participation and an important instrument for political discourse;
- the role of social media in the propagation of populism in current democracies;
- modern populism relates to historical forms of propaganda.
Omschrijving The broadening module is intended for students of the Honours College interested in this topic, but it is mandatory for the Honours students participating in the summer school Digital Democracy and Populism: From Political Propaganda to Twitter.

Digitalisation and social media have the potential to fundamentally alter the functioning democracies, shape the results of elections as well as the dialogue between citizens and their political representatives. Social media platforms give a voice to both citizens and politicians, empowering them to talk to each other and participate in the political process during and outside the electoral period. While Donald Trump’s famous Tweets and the rise of populism around the world (Austria, Brazil, Turkey, US etc.) are perhaps the most visible examples, social media is also being used by the opponents of populist rulers to try to alert others for the dangers of their election (e.g., #NotHim movement in Brazil). Populism criticizes the educated elites behind these movements and argues, nonetheless, that they are the true defenders of democracy because they protect the will of the majorities.

This broadening module and summer school are about inclusion and exclusion through democracy, direct and indirect participation in government and the manipulation of the public will in the age of social media. The broadening module critically assesses Western democracies and introduces students to the way in which the self-governance of the people that democracy promises, shapes constitutional law and electoral systems. These courses offer historical and interdisciplinary insights into the political and electoral processes and invite students to reflect upon current events.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst(en)
Toetsvorm Paper
Vaksoort Honours College-Bachelor
Docent(en) mr. M. Duchateau
Entreevoorwaarden Only available for non-Faculty of Law Honours College students.
Only available for students who have been accepted into the BA 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 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
Petrus Camper Leergang - Honours College  ( Verbredende modules) 2 semester II keuzegroep