ACE

SS2859: The Governance of Human Affairs

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 3 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 7hr(s) Other (day sessions); 1 x 2hr(s) Tutorials; 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator:
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of the theoretical understandings of the potential of human beings to achieve social justice through political means.
Module Content: Philosophical conceptions of 'the social contract'; democratic theory - liberal, participatory and deliberative democracy; civil society and the public sphere; citizenship; democratic institutions in Ireland.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify key features and variants of the concepts of 'civil society' and 'citizenship'.
  • Give an account of Rousseau's understanding of the 'social contract' and its influence on Marxist and Communitarian thinking.
  • Delineate the key features of liberal democracy, participatory democracy and deliberative democracy.
  • Identify the conditions and capacities necessary for participation in democratic deliberation.
  • Give an account of Hobbes' understanding of the 'social contract' and its influence on liberal thinking.
  • Identify the principal mechanisms for democratic participation in Ireland.
  • Review the extent to which Irish institutions support active engagement in democratic deliberation.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word Personal Learning Journal).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education).

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