Undergraduate Module Descriptor


POL3132: Globalisation and Democratic Politics: the End of the Nation State?

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Dario Castiglione (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

In this module you will study the contemporary transformation of democratic institutions and democratic politics from the nation-state to the global context. This transformation will be studied first by looking at the values and principles of democracy (liberty, equality, self-government); at the forms of democracy (representative: participatory, deliberative, and constitutional); at the institutions and mechanisms (the majority rule; parliaments, parties; democratic rights and constitutions); and at its conditions (trust, civil society; civic culture). You will l then explore how the transformation of modern societies into multicultural and global interconnected states affects the various aspects of democracy, from its principles to its forms; from its institutions to its conditions. Finally, you will investigate the feasibility of more global, regional, or international forms of democracy, where ideas of borders and of the democratic community become more fluid and undetermined. Is there democracy without the nation state? This is a question that we increasingly confront in real politics all the time. What does it mean, and how we deal with it? This is the main rationale of this module.

There are neither pre- or co-requisite for this module. No specific knowledge is required. A familiarity with the more theoretical literature in politics and social theory is an advantage. This module is suited for interdisciplinary pathways

Module created

01/10/03

Last revised

22/02/12