Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    
    Oct 19, 2018  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GOVT 3675 - [Democracy and its Discontents]

(crosslisted) AMST 3678 CLASS 3675  
(HB) (HA-AS)      
Spring. Next offered 2018-2019. 4 credits. Student option grading.

A. Livingston.

A historical introduction to democratic theory through the writings of its greatest thinkers and their critics. Beginning with a study of the theory and practice of democratic rule in ancient Athens, we will explore continuities and innovations in democratic thinking in the revolutionary context of the Enlightenment, nineteenth-century social theory, and postcolonial responses to the consequences of the global hegemony of representational democracy in the twentieth century. Topics and themes we will consider include the value of democracy, the nature of equality, the duties and virtues of citizenship, the role of rhetoric and persuasion in democratic politics, the relationship between sovereignty and representation, and the politics of revolution. Lectures will be organized around both historical context and close reading of texts.



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