As this suggests, there are three major models of democracy that have emerged thus far in history: Athenian democracy, liberal representative democracy, and socialist participatory democracy. The course is organised into sections focusing on these forms of democracy. The lecture schedule is as follows:
1. What is Democracy?
Section 1: Athenian Democracy & The Roman Republic
2. Athenian Democracy 508-322BC: Descriptive Overview
3. Athenian Democracy 508-322BC: Critical Evaluation
4. The Roman Republic: Democracy or Oligarchy?
Section 2: Liberal Representative Democracy
5. What is Representative Democracy? The Liberal Pluralist View
6. The English Revolution 1640-88
7. The English Revolution 1640-88
8. The Revolutionary Revival of Democracy in France 1789-95
9. The Revolutionary Revival of Democracy in France 1789-95
10. The American Revolution 1776-1791
11. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights: Redefining Democracy
12. The Liberal Justification of Capitalism and Representative Democracy
13. The Liberal Critique of Socialism and Participatory Democracy
Section 3: Socialist Participatory Democracy
14. The Marxist Critique of Capitalism
15. The Marxist Critique of Representative Democracy
16. The Paris Commune 1871 and Socialist Democracy
17. The Russian Revolution 1917: Significance and Main Events
18. The Russian Revolution 1917: A Democratic Revolution?
19. The Rise and Fall of Stalinism: Death of Socialism?
20. Revolution, Socialism and Participatory Democracy
21. Is Socialist Participatory Democracy Feasible and Desirable?
Section 4: Democracy in the 21st Century
22. The Feminist Critique of Liberalism and Representative Democracy
23. Can Participatory Democracy Create Greater Gender Equality?
24. Globalisation and Democracy: Is Globalisation Undermining Democracy?
25. Cosmopolitan Social Democracy: A Feasible Alternative to Neoliberalism?26. The Global Justice and Occupy Movements