Democracy in the 21st Century

Monika Mokre
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03566


While the idea of a social contract as the fundament of society has obviously always been a myth societal, economic and also academic developments of the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century have further deconstructed this myth.

It is the aim of this seminar to discuss these developments against the background of the idea of a social contract and to discuss possible new forms of social contracts.

Contents of the seminar:

  • Definitions of Democracy
  • Democracy and the Nation State
  • Democracy as a concept of the Global North and democratisation of the Global South
  • Developments of Democracy in the 20th and 21st century (democracy as a global empty signifier, the rise and decline of party democracy, the rise and decline of the welfare state, post-democracy)
  • National Democracy and Globalized Capitalism
  • Democracy and Migration
  • Democracy and transnational communicative communities


06 October 2020, 09:15–11:45
13 October 2020, 09:15–11:45
20 October 2020, 09:15–11:45
27 October 2020, 09:15–11:45
03 November 2020, 09:15–11:45
10 November 2020, 09:15–11:45
17 November 2020, 09:15–11:45
24 November 2020, 09:15–11:45
01 December 2020, 09:15–11:45
15 December 2020, 09:15–11:45

Course Enrolment

From 03 August 2020, 08:00 to 01 October 2020, 23:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible