Course level: Undergraduate
The American University of Paris
In this course we survey a great variety of classic and contemporary theories, practices, and critiques of democracy, ranging from African conceptions of consensual democracy to Confucian critiques of political equality. The course pursues a “de-parochializing” approach to political theory and philosophy, which aims at gaining a comparative understanding of African, East Asian, South Asian, Latin American, North American, and European democratic theory and practice. In that way it hopes to transcend Western biases in thinking about democracy.