• Week 1

    Unit 1. The main trends of democracy and civil society development

    TOPIC  1 State  and society;  Natural rights,   the public contract; People's sovereignty; Principles of separation of powers.

    Rationale and Objectives:

    The issue that students should be getting acquainted with relate to the principles of the origins and purpose of the state, of society and state interaction, modeling good and democratic principles for organizing government.

    ·       Students will become conscious of how the essence of the state and forms of its organization can be developed to enhance democratic principles and practice.

    Learning Outcomes:   

    - Be aware of  the characteristics of various formats of the state and are able to describe the social and political functions of human beings, in the light of democratic principles.

    - Be aware of international  and national documents in the field of the  Principles of separation of powers.

    - Be aware of the rights, obligations and responsibilities of notions of the People's sovereignty.

    Compulsory Literature:

    1. Borus, c. Rukhadze, Z. Kvachadze, m. Gaprindashvili, L. Izoria, l. 2011. Red. Miminoshvili, Z. Democracy and citizenship. Tbilisi: The Foundation for Electoral Systems in Georgia

    2. Development of civil society in Georgia Achievements and Challenges. Gia Nodia. Tb. 2007.

    Supporting Literature

    1. Begiashvili m. Bostoghanashvili d. Lezhava D. Losaberidze d. Mklavishvili m. Nozadze G. 2007. Democracy upper transitional period and Active Citizenship (Training Materials) Tbilisi.

    2. „ Civil society: Comparative Analyze“. Course of Lectures. Marina Muskhelishvili. Tbilisi 2006.

    3. Gogodze. Shatberashvili. 2010. Multilevel Innovation Policy and European Integration, Tbilisi: Association "European Studies for Innovative Development of Georgia".

    Week 2

    TOPIC  2: Political regimes and citizenship.

    Rationale and Objectives:

    The issue is to acquaint students with and enable them to study the characteristics of various political regimes (democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian; participative and representative democracy), and desired human civic actions in terms of democratic characteristics and functions (In governance, the economy, litigation, culture) and to become acquainted with concepts of power (The Scope and Limits of Freedom).

    Students will consider perspectives on the realization of human rights and engagement in more democratic political regimes.

    Learning Outcomes:

    - Students will be able to explain the basic characteristics of political regimes and describe the scope of  civic organization and human action in building more democratic communities

    - Become aware of the rights, obligations and responsibilities of citizens.

    Compulsory Literature

    1     A hybrid political regime between democracy and authoritarianism. Conceptual problems. Tb .2015

    2.      Types of political systems. http://www.socium.ge/downloads/politikurisociologia/politikur-sistemata-tipebi.pdf

    Supporting Literature:   

    1. Begiashvili m. Bostoghanashvili d. Lezhava D. Losaberidze d. Mklavishvili m. Nozadze G. 2007. Democracy upper transitional period and Active Citizenship (Training Materials) Tbilisi.

    2. „Civil society: Comparative Analyze“. Course of Lectures. Marina Muskhelishvili. Tbilisi 2006.




INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSEUnit #2: Human rights, their protection mechanism and the establishment of civil society