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210064 SE BAK9: Political Theories and Research on Theories (2019S)

Republic versus Democracy: On the Paradigm of Stability in Political Modernity

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 50 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 13.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 20.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 27.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 03.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 10.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 08.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 15.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 22.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 29.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 05.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 12.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 19.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Wednesday 26.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

That the terms republic and democracy are used synonymously today would have been unthinkable during the times of the popular revolutions in the 18th and 19th century. The kind of political system that is usually termed “representative democracy” was developed not only in opposition to the monarchies in England and France, but also as an alternative to the ancient Greek model of democracy, which was deemed too instable. The decision to turn to the republic as the specifically modern version of self-government, has always also been an intentional effort to effectively limit and tame popular sovereignty. Stability becomes the core paradigm of political modernity. This seminar will trace the differences between republic and democracy and interrogate authors such as Abbé de Mably, Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Paine and Toussaint L‘Ouverture.

This is a seminar in political theory and the history of ideas. It is directed towards students, who are willing and motivated to engage with complex historical and theoretical texts and discuss them in class.

By the end of this seminar, students should be able to
1) discuss and explain various theoretical concepts;
2) articulate and deploy complex political theories and relate them to contemporary academic and public debates;
3) critically assess the adequacy of core political concepts in light of contemporary and historical events;
4) defend and justify written and spoken arguments with strong textual evidence.

Assessment and permitted materials

a) Aktive Teilnahme (10%)
b) Lektürereflexionen (15%)
c) Referat und annotierte Bibliographie (15%)
d) Exposé für Seminararbeit (10%)
e) Seminararbeit (50%)

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Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mindestanforderung ist die termingerechte Abgabe sowohl aller mündlichen als auch aller schriftlichen Teilleistungen.

Examination topics

Pflichtlektüre und Diskussionsergebnisse

Reading list

Zur Vorbereitung:
Morgan, Edmund S. 1988. Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America. New York: Norton.
Roberts, Jennifer Tolbert. 1994. Athens on Trial: The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Urbinati, Nadia. 2006. Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

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