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Democratic theory

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Learning outcome

When the students have completed the course, they should have acquired knowledge, skills and competence in the following areas:
(1) Knowledge
  • The students should be able to set out central arguments for and against democracy in general, and different forms of democratic political systems in particular
  • The students should have acquired knowledge about central theories of democracy, and they should be able to consider how these theories have different implications with regard to the design of basic political and legal institutions
  • The students should be able to set out the main characteristics of liberal democracies and constitutional democracies

(2) Skills
  • The students are expected to be able to apply insights from democratic theory in order to critically evaluate alternative ways of designing political and legal institutions in democratic political systems

(3) Competence
  • The students are expected to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired in order to consider and discuss how political and legal institutions should be organised in modern constitutional democracies

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home assignment1/17 daysA - FAll.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Kristian Skagen Ekeli
Course teacher
Oluf Langhelle

Method of work

Open to

Sociology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Political Science - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 04.08.2020