10326 Selected Topics in Modern Democracy 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Political Science

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Democracies and Dictatorships: Comparative Politics.2 Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

The course is based on a reader edited by Tamar Hermann, Benyamin Neuberger, Ilana Kaufman and Moshe Berent. It analyzes issues and problems of modern democracy, combining theories and analytical approaches with empirical studies.

Topics: Democratization and globalization; Distribution of power in a modern democracy; Political parties, representation and opposition; Indifference, alienation and participation; Law and democracy; The right to knowledge; Multiculturalism and democracy.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.

There is some overlap in the content of this and other courses. For details, see Overlapping Courses.

2or Democracies and Dictatorships: Ideas, Contexts, Regimes (10660, 3 cr.) which is no longer offered.