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STV4158 – Democratic Citizenship

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The idea of democratic citizenship has a long and multifaceted history. While there is a general consensus that citizenship as a status and as a mode of behavior is desirable and should be fostered as an integral component of democracy, the concept itself remains a complex and often elusive one. This is due among other things to the fact that ideas of democratic citizenship often rest on different theoretical and empirical perspectives. What is democratic citizenship and what characterizes “the good democratic citizen?” These are questions that are central to the course.

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The course is designed to give students insight into some of the major perspectives that have been predominant in debates about democratic citizenship in recent years – in particular the liberal-communitarian debate and the discussion of social capital. The course also examines empirical research results relating to issues of democratic citizenship and “citizen virtues” as these may be defined by different normative perspectives. The course is intended to give participants an opportunity to reflect over the meaning of democratic citizenship, why it is important and what it implies.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor program in political science or the equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor program in political science or the equivalent.


The course consists of a combination of lectures (7-8) and seminars (2-3).


Participants will be evaluated on the basis of two components: (1) one or more essays (10-15 pages in total), and (2) a 5-hour written exam. You will receive one overall grade for the course.

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Høst 2005


Høst 2005

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