POLI-348 Issues in Democracy

This course examines questions related to the effectiveness and efficacy of democratic forms of governance in serving the people. Who should have a role in decision-making? Are most democratic citizens equipped to participate in decision-making? How can democratic institutions facilitate the participation of large and complex groups of people in geographically large and populous countries? In considering such questions, this course looks to both ancient and modern democratic theorists and analyses politics in both the ancient and post-modern worlds. The course may consider debates surrounding the formation of the Athenian Assembly in Ancient Greece or whether democratic accountability is achievable in international and supranational organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. The course relies heavily on historical and political simulations, such as those that are part of the Reacting to the Past series. The course is intended to invest students in democratic processes by asking them to consider fundamental questions about democracy while acting as democratic citizens. The course may be repeated for credit if the subtitle (and therefore the course content) is changed. There are no prerequisites.  4 SH.  CC: Oral Intensive, Team Intensive.