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List of contents for the Main Subject Group of Democracy

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Glossary for the Main Subject Group of Democracy

Link list for the Main Subject Group of Democracy

Illustrated overview for the Main Subject Group of Democracy

Basic course 1 (What is democracy?)

Materials for basic course 1

Illustration 1: What is democracy?

A collection of quotes on democracy

Dictionary definition of "democracy"

Democracy theories: Identity and competition theories

Illustration 2: Democracy as competition

Illustration 3: Democracy as identity

Illustration 4: A comparison between the identity and competition theories

Types of democracy: Parliamentary and presidential democracies

Illustration 5: Types of democracies

Illustration 6: A comparison between parliamentary and presidential systems

Differentiation: Democratic, totalitarian and authoritarian systems

Basic course 2 (How did democracy evolve?)

The origins of democracy in the Ancient World

Background information: The understanding of the 'state' in the Ancient World

Athens: The creation and development of the polis

The creation and development of ancient democracy

Chronology of democracy in the Ancient World

Democracy in the Middle Ages

Advanced subject of Bruges

Democracy in the modern age

The basics of modern-age politics

Basic problems of modern-age politics

Ideologies: Conservatism, liberalism, socialism

Classical authors of political thought (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau etc.)

TV debate between Hobbes, Locke und Rousseau

Basic course 3 (What are the characteristics of a democratic state?)


The right to vote: The majority system and proportional representation

Conditions: When can elections be considered as being democratic?

Sovereignty: Elections and sovereignty of the people


Illustration: Parliament's job



Types of opposition: Competitive and cooperative

Separation of powers

The different levels of power

Constitutional state

Basic rights and democracy

Basic course 4: (What belongs to a democratic society?)

Illustration: A comparison of parties and unions

Scandals and democracy

Basic course 5 (What problems does democracy face today?)

The future of democracy

Politics - no thanks! The problem of political disenchantment

The principle of majority rule: Preconditions and problems

The outlook for the process of democratization

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