History & Theory of Democracy
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 5153
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Social Sciences
The course will consider some key concepts of democracy since the 18th Century, in light of both theoretical sources and historical projects. We will read the classical theories in conjunction with either historical treatments of the topic, or contemporary attempts to develop them on the conceptual level. Students will be required to produce two short in class reports, one on a particular conception of democracy , and another on either an experiment to establish a particular mode or type of democracy or on a contemporary attempt to extend a classical concept . We will be reading Rousseau, Sieyes, Marx, Tocqueville, Arendt, Habermas, Lefort, Ranciere and Laclau among others.
Not open to Undergraduate students.