An introduction to the history and major theoretical interpretations of democracy in Europe, United States and New Zealand.
This course provides a forum to consider and discuss the past, present and future
of democracy. It focuses on Athenian, liberal representative and socialist participatory
democracy, the history of democracy in Europe and the United States, and contemporary
liberal, socialist and feminist interpretations of democracy.
The paper focuses on the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece (Section 1), the historical emergence and key characteristics of liberal representative democracy (Section 2), socialist participatory democracy (Section 3), and issues pertaining to the future of democracy in Section 4 such as the implications of global warming for the future of democracy, the extent to which globalisation is creating problems for democracy with respect to both national and international governance and, in this regard, whether or not cosmopolitan social democracy provides viable solutions to these problems, and the alternatives to neoliberal capitalism and representative democracy
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 100-level POLS paper or PHIL 103 or 72 points.
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Professor Brian Roper
- Paper Structure
- Term test
- Short-answer questions
- End of term exam
- Brian S. Roper, The History of Democracy - A Marxist Interpretation, Pluto Press,
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Above all, this paper aims to help you develop an understanding of the history of
democracy; liberal, socialist and feminist interpretations of democracy; and contemporary
debates concerning the future of democracy.
This paper encourages you to engage in an open-minded yet critical manner with this historical material and these perspectives in order to provide you with the opportunity of developing and strengthening your own understanding of democracy.