POLS214 - The Nature of Democracy

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: Nil

This unit investigates the nature of democracy from a variety of theoretical, historical and global perspectives. Starting with an exploration of the state of democracy in contemporary Australia, the unit examines democratic configurations from ancient Athens through to twenty-first century examples in the United States, Europe and even China. It explores key conceptions of democracy, including liberal democracy, participatory democracy, representative democracy, deliberative democracy, agonistic democracy and monitory democracy, as well as key challenges to democracy, such as populism, extremism and authoritarianism. Through this, the unit will enable students to embrace their roles as citizens in a world where democracy is increasingly seen as “the only game in town.”