Democracy and Its Critics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Political Science

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Democracy and Its Critics

Spring 2019

Taught By: Tobias Mueller

Section: A

CRN: 7228

Credits: 4

The concept of democracy can be described as an evergreen among the wide ranging political concepts that have appeared on the scene since ancient times. This goes along with the concept being an essentially contested one. It does not come as a surprise that over time democracy has been harshly criticized from within as well as from outside the democratic camp. Therefore, we will pin down democracy to its original core and reconstruct its evolution in response to the different criticisms that were expressed against it in its varying forms. While doing this, we will discuss topics such as the conditions of citizenship, geographical boundaries for democratic governments, democracy and its relation to political ideologies such as liberalism, republicanism, socialism, etc. Although we will deal with the ancient world in the first part of the course, the focus will be on the 19th and 20th century, i.e. the time that followed the transformation of democracy in the wake of the transatlantic revolutions. It is in that time that the battle over and against democracy really gathered momentum.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Political Science (LPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:37pm 6/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 911

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019