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Citizens, Judges, Juries: Who Decides in Democracy?

GOVT 399
Spring 2014
Section: 01  
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

The tensions between rule by the people, rule by elites, and rule of law are at the core of democratic theory. What is the proper balance between the three? Under what circumstances is one group of decision-makers better than another? What happens when they come into conflict? This is an upper level course in political theory designed for students who have taken the Moral Basis of Politics or an equivalent course in Philosophy and related disciplines. We will focus on the following topics: the role of voting in liberal democratics, the Athenian jury system, deliberative democracy, referendum and initiatives, civil disobedience and the role of juries in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(GOVT)(GOVT-Theory)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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