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Democracy Under Threat

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Democracy Under Threat

<p>The western world’s successful model of democracy seems to be under serious threat. Right-wing populist movements and authoritarian forms of government are everywhere on the rise. The independence

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The western world’s successful model of democracy seems to be under serious threat. Right-wing populist movements and authoritarian forms of government are everywhere on the rise. The independence of the judicial system, freedom of speech and the right to peacefully protest are in many countries not only in danger but simply forbidden. We explore and discuss these problematic tendencies and look into the fascinating history of democracy to understand what it is and what would be the consequences, if it were to disappear?


SUGGESTED READING

  • Brose, Eric Dorn, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century, (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005);
  • Dunn, John, Setting the People Free: The Story of Democracy, (London: Atlantic Books, 2005);
  • Keane, John, The Life and Death of Democracy, (Simon/Schuster, 2009).


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Session 1 – Introduction: The first session gives an overview of the structure and major topics of this course & we will ask: What is democracy?
  • Session 2 & 3 – The colourful and mesmerizing history of democracy and its different forms are at the centre of sessions two & three.
  • Session 4, 5 & 6 – Discusses and explore the rise of right-wing populist movements and authoritarian governments as a threat to the western liberal model of democracy.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of the idea of democracy, its history and relevance.
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.
  3. Develop skills in interpreting evidence and historical scholarship.