A history of the development of the idea of democracy and the development of democratic institutions, principally in Europe and the United States, from the ancient Greeks to the present. Most of the reading will be documents which bear on the principles of democracy, either favoring them or in opposition. Students are encouraged to explore the strengths and weakness of the democratic process and of democracy itself.
* Introduce students to the major historical events and conflicts which have influenced the development of democratic ideas and democratic institutions.
* Introduce students to the key concepts and components of modern democracy including limited government, participation, representation, human rights, self-determination, and the rule of law.
* Promote appreciation for the study of history and its relevance to understanding contemporary issues and controversies.
*Enhance students' ability to make logical, coherent and persuasive arguments in written and oral presentations.