AIP746 - Challenges to Democracy


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: AIP446
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


Democracies face a host of unprecedented challenges: climate change, disease pandemics, religious and ethnic conflict, refugee crises, rapid digital transformations, and ever-widening global inequalities. These challenges are at once local and global in scope and compounded by globalization, post-truth politics and free-market capital. How can democracies meet these challenges and progress towards the creation of a more sustainable, peaceful and tolerant world? This unit introduces students to key conceptions of democratic governance, from the ‘civic republican’ model to the ‘liberal minimalist’ view. It then examines the ways democratic forms of governance operate at the local, national, transnational and global level – drawing on diverse examples such as the European Union and the United Nations. Students will benefit from learning about the complex problems democracy faces today and how theories and practices of democracy are evolving to address these challenges.

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