GV948-7-SP-CO:
Democracy and Freedom

The details
2023/24
Government
Colchester Campus
Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
13 April 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA L20512 Political Theory,
MA L20524 Political Theory,
MA L205EB Political Theory

Module description

GV948 is a module in political theory. We read classic texts that first formulated our modern ideas of democracy and freedom, as well as more contemporary texts that challenge these ideas. We will discuss democracy from a range of historical, normative, and theoretical perspectives. Questions include: What is democracy? What is democracy’s value? What are the practices that are constitutive of democracy? We will also consider some challenges for democracy, considering contemporary threats to democracy and freedom.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To introduce students to, and stimulate interest in, a range of ideas and concepts around democracy and freedom

  • To examine a number of central debates in historical and contemporary political thought

  • To engage in clear verbal and written normative argumentation

Module learning outcomes


  1. To understand the normative dimensions of key concepts and debates in democratic theory

  2. To introduce students to the work of major contemporary political theorists

  3. To develop critical thought and writing skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The teaching is structured in weekly two-hour seminars.

Members of the seminar are expected to attend on a weekly basis, and be prepared to discuss the essential texts in the seminars.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Paper proposal and Annotated Bibliography    35% 
Coursework   Presentation    25% 
Coursework   Final Paper    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Laura Montanaro, email: lmonta@essex.ac.uk.

 

Availability
Yes
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Government

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