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Transnational Democracy in the XXIst Century (STG-MA-M5-DEMOCB)


Department STG
Course category 2nd Year
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2022-2023
Term 1ST SEM
Credits 5 (European Credits (EC))
Contact Prieto, Maria Elvira
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Student participation in this seminar will be as ‘democratic’ as possible, along two paths.

Path 1: The more traditional part of the seminar is a sequential ‘reading and discussion’ pattern, moving from the big questions of political philosophy and sociology (part I, Why?), to more specifically issues of design of democracy beyond the state (part II, What?), to the concrete modes and mechanisms by which democratic innovations are operationalised and the obstacles that it faces (part III, How?). Each session includes three sub-themes. Relevant questions and themes for debate will be co-designed by the entire class. While this is a classic course with readings provided in advance (relevant extracts will be indicated from the books assigned), students will be encouraged to add readings/framings/sub-themes to the different themes in advance, providing a rationale (1-2 sentences). Please note that the extensive further readings are meant to support students with a special interest in the topic at hand. Students are also encouraged to form reading groups.

Path 2: The second path will be connected to the unfolding Conference on the Future of Europe, the agenda of the EUI democracy forum and the Youth democracy forum, and the holding of a European Citizens Panel at EUI in December. We will critically observe the process, assess its long-run implications as well as craft concrete proposals. In doing so, we will be mindful of the unavoidable Eurocentricism of the exercise and ask whether Europeans are alive to the lessons that can be learned from the rest of the world.

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