Topics in Contemporary Democratic Theory

Course Information
TitleΖητήματα σύγχρονης δημοκρατικής θεωρίας / Topics in Contemporary Democratic Theory
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorFilimon Peonidis
Course ID600014252

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΑΤ001 Néo Apló Máthīma
General Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
Students should be in a position to understand the course of democracy during the 20th century, recognize the problems of contemporary democratic regimes and be able to consider ways for overcoming them.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Nowadays nobody can deny the existence of the democratic deficit, that is the discrepancy between the way modern democracies operate and citizens’ perception about the way they should operate. The question that arises is whether political philosophy and democratic theory in particular can help in reducing this deficit. The relevant literature is burgeoning but some proposals seem rather to undermine than empower popular sovereignty, which is the cornerstone of democracy. In this course after an introduction to the history of democracy during the 20th century, we will examine, among others, issues related to the crisis of representation, the role of technocrats, the alleged incompetence of citizens, deliberative democracy, direct democracy and the revival of sortition as a method for electing public officials.
modern democracy, popular sovereignty, democratic deficit
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Communication through the e-learning platform
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Final written examinations
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Φιλήμων Παιονίδης, Η δημοκρατία ως λαϊκή κυριαρχία (Αθήνα: Gutenberg, 2018)
Additional bibliography for study
Manfred G. Schmidt, Θεωρίες της δημοκρατίας (Αθήνα: Σαββάλας, 2004) Robert, Dahl, Περί δημοκρατίας (Αθήνα: Ψυχογιός, 2001)
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