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Seminar: 1.07.241 Freiwählbares Modul: The Limits of Democracy: Social Choice Theory and its Critics (Lehrsprache englisch/Prüfungsleistung deutsch o. englisch) - Details
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Course name Seminar: 1.07.241 Freiwählbares Modul: The Limits of Democracy: Social Choice Theory and its Critics (Lehrsprache englisch/Prüfungsleistung deutsch o. englisch)
Subtitle
Course number 1.07.241
Semester SoSe2022
Current number of participants 10
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Department of Social Sciences
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thu., 21.04.2022 12:15 - 13:45, Room: A06 4-411
Type/Form S 2SWS
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

A06 4-411 Thu.. 12:15 - 13:45 (13x)

Module assignments

Comment/Description

Is there a “common good”? Is there “a will of the people”? Can it be revealed by democratic procedures? The course will focus on these fundamental questions through the lens of social choice theory. In his highly influential book ‘Liberalism against Populism’ William Riker argues that democratic decisions are chaotic, meaningless, and arbitrary. The seminar consists of two parts. In the first part of the seminar we will examine Riker’s line of argumentation in detail. In the second part we will analyse alternatives from democratic theory trying to defend democracy against Riker’s pessimistic interpretation of social choice theory.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "sow935/936/937 Freiwählbares Modul SS".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 15.03.2022, 10:45 to 13.05.2022, 23:59.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats will be assigned in order of enrolment.
  • At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Austausch and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
    • Degree is Master and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
    • Subject is European Studies in Global Perspectives