Comparative approach to national and international democratic challenges¿

lpols1330  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Comparative approach to national and international democratic challenges¿
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
15.0 h
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The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
In this course, students will study national and international democratic challenges through a world parliament simulation.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the students will be able to:
-       Analyse democratic challenges and provide alternative solutions
-       Discuss and defend a position in a written and an oral way
Summarise in a both written and oral way discussions and provide an analytical overview.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course deals with national and international democratic challenges, with inputs from the students themselves.
Teaching methods
The course relies on a problems-based approach in the format of a world parliament simulation. Students, in groups and individually, will have to search for information about democratic challenges, provide alternative solutions and discuss them.
Evaluation methods
This course is based on writing individual and collective analytical documents and on their oral presentation and discussion.
Other information
This course demands active student participation and a reading, writing and speaking command of English.
The background reading for this course is the book:
D. Held, Models of Democracy, 2006 (3rd edition), Cambridge, Polity (available on Moodle).
Students will have to do other readings according to the themes that they have to analyse and discuss.
Un livre fait office de lecture de base :
D. Held, Models of Democracy, 2006 (3rd edition), Cambridge, Polity (disponible sur Moodle).
Les étudiant-e-s devront réaliser d’autres lectures en fonction des thèmes qu’ils/elles doivent analyser et discuter.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Political Sciences: General

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Minor in Political Sciences