Democratic Theory (PHIL2634)

UNIT OF STUDY

A unit in normative political philosophy. The unit will examine ideas of democracy, as well as historical foundations of these ideas, and it will do so in order to address key issues in contemporary democratic theory, such as the tension between republican and liberal ideas, the relationship between justice and democracy, the challenges of social and cultural pluralism, the limits of democratic inclusion, and, importantly, the nature of political legitimacy and the challenge of a suitably inclusive justification of political principles.

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Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

presentation (10%), 1x2000wd essay (45%) and 1x2000wd take-home exam (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points in Philosophy) or (6 junior credit points of Philosophy and ANHS1600)

Prohibitions

PHIL2514, PHIL3514

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