12001 Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Approach 1

Credits: 3 graduate credits in Democracy Studies

Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in Democracy Studies 2

The course is based on a reader in Hebrew and English edited by Tamar Hermann.

Objectives: The underlying assumption of the course is that democracy represents a broad cultural approach centering on the right of individuals to share in shaping the various aspects of their lives. This approach has created a human climate entirely different from that which prevailed in the pre-democratic age, and permeated basically non-democratic environments such as business firms and fields which are not intrinsically political, such as music.

Topics: Introduction the essence of democracy; Democracy as culture; Science, technology and democracy; Religion and democracy; Economics and democracy; International relations and democracy; The environment, environmental planning, architecture and democracy; Mass media and democracy; Education and democracy; Gender and democracy; Democracy and art.

1Students may not write a seminar paper in the framework of this course.

2Students who do not meet the entrance requirements may, under certain circumstances and with special permission, enroll in this course.