AIP783 - Rethinking Democracy


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

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


As a principle, democracy has never been more popular. For those who have it, democracy offers a grab-bag of rights and freedoms not found in other regime types; for those who want it, democracy holds the promise of a better life free from the constraints of oppressive forms of power. But where does democracy come from and what challenges loom ahead for this sophisticated form of governance? This unit invites students to challenge their assumption about the nature, history and contemporary practise of democracy – both in the “West” and elsewhere. It provides an alternative narrative about the complex and contested history of democracy and offers nuanced insights into some of the greatest challenges facing democracy today such as: Islam and democracy; democracy and “mixed regimes”; new theories of democracy; and questions about its future.

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