Course overview

It is often said that democracy is in crisis in Europe and beyond. Voter turnout is often low and especially younger people do not vote at all. Fewer are members of political parties than in the past and most people now distrust politicians. Many have expressed concerns about the increasing influence and popularity of far right and authoritarian political parties and movements and the polarised nature of public debate, especially online. In this course Philosophy, Psychology and Political Science will be used to get a clear idea of threats to democracy and indicate possible constructive responses to them. Please note this course is held fortnightly.

Course description

The course will cover the meaning of crisis and what is a crisis, a short overview of different interpretations of democracy. We will examine evidence of distrust in politicians and the political system and look at who engages with politics, who does not and what kind of politics do they participate in (from parliamentary democracy to protest actions) Finally the course covers authoritarian attitudes and how best to respond to them with particular reference to Karen Stenner's work. Join tutor Bettina Lange to better understand this fascinating topic and be able to identify what, on the basis of the evidence and theories covered on the course, you consider is the greatest threat to democracy.

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