General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Origins Of Democracy: Politics In Ancient Greece
Language English
Module lecturer Dr Edmund Stewart
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position invited lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 15
USOS code 03-AP-PAG


Thursday 17.00-18.30 MS TEAMS 17th March (or 24th) 31st March 7th April 21st April 28th April 5th May 12th May 26th May

Module aim (aims)

To give students comprehensive knowledge about the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece and alternative forms of political organization. To give students tools to better understanding of politics in modern world.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


This series will examine the long history of democracy. We will examine its development in ancient Greece, specifically the city of Athens, from the sixth to the fourth centuries BC. The series will also consider alternative forms of political organisation, including kingship, oligarchy and tyranny. Students will also consider key works of political theory, including Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics. The ultimate aim of the course is to provide a better understanding of politics in the modern world and answer key questions such as 'Is democracy the best form of government?'; 'What is a citizen?'; 'What is the rule of law?'; and 'Why do states go to war and why do civil wars happen?'. 

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