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Crisis and Renewal of Contemrorary Democraties

Code 15742
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Ciência Política
Entry requirements None
Learning outcomes This curricular unit is structured in 6 central topics. At the end of the Curricular Unit, students are expected to be able to:

1. Analyze and understand the process of establishment and consolidation of democracies
2. Interpret the historical contexts for the study and comparison of democratic regimes and the various existing models
3. Analyze the expansion of democracy and the determining elements and variables that mark a period of crisis for democracies
4. Understand the comparative tables and the various rankings used to measure the quality of democracy
5. Understand and analyze state and societal action around responses to the crisis of democracies
6. Address the policies, behaviors, values ??and attitudes adopted to regenerate contemporary democracy.
Syllabus The Curricular Unit is structured in six central topics:

1. The establishment and consolidation of democracies
2. Models of democracy
3. The proliferation of democracies in the international context
4. The quality of democracy
5. The Crisis of Democracy
5.1. political participation
5.2. The economic and social crisis
5.3. The environmental crisis
5.4. Populism
5.5. The generational detachment
5.6. digital democracy
6. Societal action and renewal of contemporary democracies
Main Bibliography Crozier, M., Huntignton, S. & Watanuki, J. (1975). The crisis of democracy: on the governability of democracies. New York: New York University Press.
Dahl, R. (1998). On Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Held, D. (2006). Models of democracy. Cambridge: Polity.
Diamond, L., & Morlino, L. (eds.) (2005). Assessing the quality of democracy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Santos, J.A. (2020). Política e democracia na era digital. Lisboa: Parsifal.
Tomini, L. (2018). The Quality of Democracy: Towards a New Research Agenda. London: Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes follow a theoretical-practical model, with the first part of the class being reserved for the expository aspect of the main concepts, theories and programmatic formulations of the contents taught. The second part of the class corresponds to a practical analysis of the various models of democracy, their practical applicability, the respective comparison and measurement, as well as the way to outline lines of action in response to the crisis of democracy.

The assessment will consist of the following assessment elements:
Preparation of a scientific article (50% of the final classification)
Preparation of a report on the measurement of democracies (25% of the final classification)
Presentation and support of a proposal to face the crisis of democracy (25% of the final classification).

Student workers will have the following assessment model:
Elaboration of a scientific article (50% of the final classification)
Preparation of a report on the measurement of democracies (50%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-03-20

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