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Fall 2019 Political Science GU4132 section 001

Call Number 99777
Day & Time
MW 8:40am-9:55am
401 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Giovanni Giorgini
Method of Instruction Classroom
Course Description Prerequisites: Contemporary Civilization or a comparable introduction to political theory course. The course examines the historical and theoretical foundations of democracy. The underlying assumption is that political arrangements and institutions are the embodiment of political ideas and theories. The course will investigate the historical emergence of democracy as a form of government based on equality before the law and equal access to all citizens to the deliberative, decisional and control processes. The historical starting point is identified in Solon’s reforms in Athens which dramatically broke the hegemony of ancient nobility; we will then study Cleisthenes’ reforms and their redefinition of citizenry; in the context of the new political ideal of isonomia. We will proceed to examine the theoretical debate of the fifth century BCE, which includes Herodotus (III, 80-82), Thucydides and Protagoras. We will then examine the criticism levelled at democracy by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle: their thought enables us to compare the ancient idea of democracy to our own. Finally, we will study the Roman contribution to the theory of democracy, namely Cicero’s ideal of ‘republic’ and the role that ius, codified law, played in it.
Web Site Vergil
Department Political Science
Enrollment 19 students (22 max) as of 1:03PM Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Subject Political Science
Number GU4132
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Open To Schools of the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering:Undergraduate, Engineering:Graduate, GSAS, General Studies, SIPA, Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193POLS4132G001

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