Department of Political Science


Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutions

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1,000 word exercise (40%) + 2,000 word essay (60%)

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About this course

This course examines the nature and value of democracy, and the various roles played by citizens and constitutions in sustaining it. Students will explore different justifications for democracy, the problems of defining who are citizens, what their rights and duties are, how they should be represented, and which decision rule and voting procedure best reflects their collective views.

They will also study the ways law and politics interact, and the role played by constitutions and judicial review in shaping the legislative process. Some practical examples of these theoretical issues will be drawn from debates in the United States and Britain about the role of constitutional judicial review, human rights, federalism and different political systems in sustaining or undermining democracy and citizenship. 

Please note that this course will not be running in 2018/19.