Course Description

Course Name


Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


An introduction to the history and major theoretical interpretations of democracy in Europe, United States and New Zealand.

Develop a critical understanding of how the Global South has been constructed in world politics and the discipline of International Relations. The paper begins with the original Athenian model of democracy. We identify its main features and discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Athenian democracy is the necessary starting point because all major contemporary traditions of democratic thought and practice rest on positive or negative evaluations of central features of this original model of democracy. We consider the Roman Republic briefly because, as a model of government, it exerted much more influence than Athenian democracy over political leaders within the revolutions that created liberal representative democracy in England, France and the United States.

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

Course Structure
Term test
Short-answer questions
End of term exam

Brian S. Roper, The History of Democracy ? A Marxist Interpretation, Pluto Press, London, 2013.
Course reader.

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