Department of Political Science


POLSXXXX Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutions

Course Code: TBC

Course Tutor: Professor Richard Bellamy (Department of Political Science)

Length: One Term (Autumn Term)

Teaching: 20 contact hours (10 lectures and seminars)

Assessment: 2,500 word essay (100%)

Credits: 15 credits/4 US Credits/7.5 ECTS Credits

Level: L6 (Advanced)

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.