Fall/Winter Timetable

POL484H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2026H1S L0101

Topics in Political Thought I

Contemporary Debates in Democratic Theory


This course will examine contemporary theoretical debates over the meaning of democracy. Approaches to democratic theory will include liberalism, neo-republicanism, deliberative democracy, and agonistic democracy. Themes will include “epistocracy,” elite democracy, representation, populism, transnational and cosmopolitan democracy, and comparative democratic theory.

Format and Requirements

This seminar will meet for three hours weekly. Students will prepare a major research paper. Other requirements include weekly participation and short response essays.