This course seeks to philosophically pursue a richly interconnected set of questions.
What is the relation between democracy as a political ideal and our capacity as a society to respect and foster plurality? If democracy is a form of mass rule then how can it honour and do justice to cultural and individual differences? Can we think critically about our conceptions of democracy and our conceptions of difference in ways that might give us new approaches to problems of multiculturalism, of the place of religion in secular societies, or of racially based exclusion? What is the place of tolerance in addressing our differences? and which political models can help us best in identifying the major issues faced by democratic nations today?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The course aims to facilitate the development of (1) intellectual discrimination: the ability to pick out key points; to show a sense of the issues, to imaginatively relate ideas to contemporary issues 92) intellectual control: mastery of the material; coherent organisation; sensitivity to the use of concepts; ability to construct an argument/interpretation (3) techniques for engaging with challenging reading and going deeper into the insights and problems it poses (4) a suitable amount and quality of guided but independent research in the area of study, supported by proper notes and bibliography.
1,000 word article review (25%), 2,500 word essay (55%), tutorial presentation (10%) and tutorial participation (10%).
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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