POE-305 Theories of Democracy

The concept of democracy has been evaluated and debated since the early days of the Greek city states. What is meant by democracy? What are the criteria necessary for the establishment and execution of a viable democracy? Throughout his career, Robert Dahl has explored these issues. This course will examine the meaning of democracy as formulated by Dahl in his writings. We will discuss Dahl's writings in detail and explore our own views of democracy. We will also closely examine the writings of Peter Bachrach, a continuing critic of Robert Dahl. The success of this course will depend upon the participation of the students involved and their dedication to examining the concept of democracy through directed readings and in-depth class discussion. Prerequisites: Junior standing.


1 credit


Junior Standing