AMST 3678

AMST 3678

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

A historical introduction to democratic theory through the writings of its greatest thinkers and their critics. Beginning with a study of the theory and practice of democratic rule in ancient Athens, we will explore continuities and innovations in democratic thinking in the revolutionary context of the Enlightenment, nineteenth-century social theory, and postcolonial responses to the consequences of the global hegemony of representational democracy in the twentieth century. Topics and themes we will consider include the value of democracy, the nature of equality, the duties and virtues of citizenship, the role of rhetoric and persuasion in democratic politics, the relationship between sovereignty and representation, and the politics of revolution. Lectures will be organized around both historical context and close reading of texts.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 3675GOVT 3675

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16605 AMST 3678   LEC 001

  • 16674 AMST 3678   DIS 201

  • 16675 AMST 3678   DIS 202

  • 16676 AMST 3678   DIS 203