PS3232



Democratic Theory

This module introduces students to the core tenets of modern democratic theory in the context of real-world politics. Tracing democracy's historical evolution in the writings of Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Schumpeter among other prominent thinkers, this module examines the complex web of constitutional structures and institutions vital to its success. This module also examines various problems endemic to democracy as well as possible solutions to these problems by more recent democratic theorists such as Robert Dahl and Benjamin Barber. The course is intended for political science majors and students with a background in political science.

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