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DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIC THEORY

DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIC THEORY

GRADO EN ESTUDIOS GLOBALES/GLOBAL STUDIES

Curso 2021/2022

1. Subject Information

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Code
109005
Plan
290
ECTS
6.00
Type
Basic
Year
1
Duration
Second semester
Area
CIENCIA POLÍTICA Y DE LA ADMINISTRACIÓN
Departament
Derecho Público General
Virtual platform

Campus Virtual de la Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Information

Profesor/Profesora
Isabel Inguanzo Ortiz
Group/s
Único
Departament
Derecho Público General
Area
Ciencia Política y de la Administración
Centre
Fac. Derecho
Office
153 (Facultad de Derecho)
Office hours
Please send an email for convening office hours
Web address
https://acpa-usal.com/member/dra-isabel-inguanzo/
E-mail
isabel_io@usal.es
Telephone
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2. Association of the subject matter within the study plan

Curricular area to which the subject matter pertains.

Basic

Professional profile.

International organizations, political analysis, political counseling

3. Prerequisites

There are no special requirements for this course, however having passed ‘Introduction to Political Science’ would be helpful. Also, students should be comfortable reading in English.

4. Learning objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

• Explain the different conceptions of democracy,

• Explain the different theoretical approaches to it,

• Analyze the empirical challenges of these approaches

• Identify the theoretical weaknesses of each approach

• Critically identify gaps & biases democratic literature

5. Contents

Theory.

Unit 1: Introduction to democratic theory

 

BLOCK 1: THE CLASSICS

Unit 2: Liberalism

Unit 2: Pluralism

 

BLOCK 2: THE PRAGMATICS

Unit 3: Social choice theory

Unit 4: Democracy in practice

 

BLOCK 3: THE CRITICS

Unit 5: Participatory democracy

Unite : Deliberative democracy

Unit 7: Radical pluralism

Practice.

Essays, presentations, and debates

6. Competences acquired

Basic / General.

CB3. “Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes normalmente dentro de su área de estudio de para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética”.

CB4. “Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado”.

Specific.

CE8 – “Describir y valorar las distintas teorías sobre la democracia así como comprender el funcionamiento de la democracia y sus diferencias con otros regímenes políticos”.

7. Teaching methods

Every unit has selected readings associated to it that can be included in the exam.

Everybody MUST read at least one reading per unit and be prepared to answer questions and engage in debates about them. Participation is essential to a successful class (15% of your final grade). You do not have to agree with the material presented either by your professor or by the authors we will read. Your professor does, however, expect you to engage with the material and the class discussion, think about the issues they raise, come to your own conclusions, and be able to convey these conclusions to others in a respectful manner.

It is impossible to cover all relevant material in one course. The readings we will cover are a mix of classic works that active members of our field are familiar with along with more recent and state-of-the-art research. The professor will introduce several ongoing debates in the study of democracy to encourage you to think about the material and come to your own conclusions.

8. Anticipated distribution of the use of the different teaching methods

9. Resources

Reference books.

RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK

Cunningham, F. (2002). Theories of democracy: a critical introduction. Routledge.

 

READING LIST

Your professor has assigned a number of selected classical works and scholarly journal articles. All of them will be available on the internet (Studium platform).

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RECOMMENDED WORKS FOR AVID READERS & YOUNG POLITICAL PHILOSPHERS

  • Benhabib, Sheila (ed). 1996. Democracy & Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Dahl, Robert A. 1992. Democracy and its Critics. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Held, David. 2006. Models of Democracy. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Lijphart, Arend. 1999. Patterns of Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Pateman, Carole 1970 Participation and Democratic Theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Schumpeter, Joseph (1994) [1942]: Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy. London: Routledge

10. Assessment

Assessment criteria.

Participation and understanding about the readings discussed in class are fundamental elements for successfully passing this course.

Assessment tools.

 

Unit 1

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

TOTAL

Exam

Mid-term exam (multiple choice)

Final

50%

Workshops

 

5

 

5

10%

Participation

Discussing readings in class

15%

Mock-debate

Simulation of consultancy job for the EU

25%

Assessment recommendations.

Never engage in plagiarism nor cheating.

Guidelines in the case of failing the subject.

The requirements will be the same for the second round of evaluations.

11. Weekly teaching organization