DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000076

Democracy: Past, Present, Future

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adas Jakubauskas

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Bachelor

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Class room

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on political systems

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Course content and main topics: The basic aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of the theories and the models of democracy. The course combines theory and practice by an examination of the past, present and possible future developments of democracy. It considers as well and extent to which democracy is feasible and desirable outside the nation state. The main topics of the course are: 1) Theories of democracy; 2) Models of democracy; 3) The active citizens and republican government; 4) Liberty and democracy; 5) Citizenship and democracy; 6) Key models of the international order and democracy; 7) Cosmopolitian democracy and the new international order. The students will be able to: 1) Analyze the interpretation of the concept of democracy from the Greek city-states and the early republican tradition to Liberalism and Marxism. 2) Examine the development of different models of democracy and to explore the conditions of applications of these models. 3) Discuss a cosmopolitan international democracy model which can be implemented in the practice.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

• To be able to understand characteristics of different concepts of democracy from the time of Antique up today • To be able to present and discuss scientific research results upon development of different models of democracy and to critically evaluate their practical implementation • By analyzing the concepts and models of democracy to be able to explain what are the results of democratization on both European and global levels with the future perspectives • To be able to analyze a case study by individual or group work • To be able to choose an adequate research strategy and methods • To be able to do case study and scientific problem analyze • To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence

Lectures, seminars, formulation of the problem questions Learning to cooperate and discuss Presentations Independent studies Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work Learning and organization work at the Moodle electronic-study system Problem learning Co-operative learning method

Students’ work achievement is evaluated within the framework of the 10 point scale following publically announced assessment criteria, methods and procedure by the Mykolas Romeris University. Assessment methods – examination (frontal, individual), individual presentation evaluation and the integral test of theoretical and practical knowledge


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction to political philosophy, theories of state and political systems

Theory of city-state, theory of res publica, theory of national state, theory of totalitarian state, pluralism, theory of elites, liberalism, marxism, neopluralism

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

2. Importance of democracy
The most important political, economic, cultural and social reasons for establishing and functioning of democratic political system and protection of democratic values

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

3. Concepts and models of democracy

The basic concepts and models of democracy and their characteristics in historical perspective. Direct democracy, liberal representative democracy, marxist one-party democracy

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

4. Democracy and the concept of multicultural society

Models of multiculturalism. Differences between multicultural and unicultural concepts of society. Democracy and preservation of cultural, linguistic and other group differences and identities within the same plural society

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

8

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

5. Democracy, civic society and the question of citizenship

Concepts of civic society and citizenship in political philosophy, jurisprudence and sociology. Political democracy and citizenship rights in history and present. Civic concept of society and democratization of political life

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

8

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie.

6. Democracy, human rights and minority protection
International law and legislations on definition and protection of human and minority rights. Comparison between the Council of Europe system and the Inter-American system in protection of human and minority rights. Democracy and freedom of expression

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system.

7. Cosmopolitan model of democracy and the new international order
Trying to find a global model of democracy to be compatible, acceptable and functional for all or majority of different world cultures, traditions and states and to see which kind of a new more human and more justifiable international order and relations can be framed based on such cosmopolitan model of democracy

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

8

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source. To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system. To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie.

8. Exam

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

42

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

28

0

20

0

0

2

0

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Examination

50

Session period

The test consists of open and closed questions (varying difficulties, from understanding to evaluation), each question is worth one point. Assessment: 5: Excellent knowledge and skills. 45-50% of correct answers. 4: Good knowledge and skills; may be minor errors. 35-44% of correct answers. 3: Average knowledge and skills; there are errors. 25-34% of correct answers. 2: Knowledge and skills are below average; there are (basic) errors. 15-24% of correct answers. 1: Knowledge and skills to satisfy the minimum requirements; lots of errors. 5-14% of correct answers. 0: Does not meet minimum requirements. 0-4% of correct answers.

Report

30

Semester period

Assessment: The structure of presentation (evaluation criteria: clear and consistent layout (introduction, body and conclusion)) up to 1 point; Conceptualism of presentation (evaluation criteria: complete and reasonable disclosure of the chosen topic) up to 2 points; Failure to deliver presentation - 0 points.

Tasks

20

Semester period

20% - to actively and constructively participate in discussions, to answer questions, to formulate problems and issues, to provide critical comments; 10% - to participate in the debate, to answer to frequently asked questions; 0% - almost does not participate in the discussion or spent more than 1/3 of the seminars.