PAIR2010 Democracy & the Modern State
To introduce the theoretical underpinnings of the democratic state; to outline theoretical and practical changes and challenges to the democratic state both today and in the future; to draw links between theoretical ideas about the democratic state and democratic politics in action.
Aims and Objectives
To explore how politics is practiced in contemporary democracies, with a view to shedding light on key challenges and opportunities in democratic governance.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe and critically examine contending theoretical accounts of the modern democratic state
- Identify contemporary and future challenges to the democratic state
- Identify and assess contending critiques of democracy and their related conceptions of democratic reform
- Link key aspects or versions of democratic theory to contemporary democratic practices
The emergence of the democratic state; key critiques of democracy in theory and practice; contemporary and emerging challenges and changes to the democratic state; trends and innovations in democratic practice
Learning and Teaching
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Books, journal articles, newspaper articles, specialised website and other internet sources.
Dryzek, J. S. and Dunleavy, P. (2009). Theories of the Democratic State.
|Essay (2000 words)||70%|
Repeat type: Internal & External