DPI-216: Democratic Theory

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Jane Mansbridge


Day Time Location
First Day 1/28
Meet Day T/Th 1:10 PM - 2:30 PM RG-20


Democracy is a work in progress. To figure out where we are and where we want to go, this course traces how Western democratic theory evolved from the ancient Greeks to the present, particularly emphasizing on the institutions that influenced and were in turn influenced by these evolving theories. Readings from Aristotle and Hobbes through Habermas and Foucault, with one foray into Islamic thought. The course has two aims: to appreciate the varied and sometimes contradictory history behind the ideas that shaped today's democracies and to pose critical normative questions for today.

To see a short VIDEO describing this course, please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6itEgdLTcs.