• Week 7

    Unit 3. Democracy and active citizenship

    TOPIC  1: The essence of democracy, democratic principles and desirable development trends

    Rationale and Objectives:

    Students will become acquainted with the essential principles and norms of democracy; and the Prospects for the development of democratic society in Georgia.   

    Students will understand the basic principles of democracy and realize how much democracy is a developing process, and why.

    Learning Outcomes:

    - Students will discuss the advantages of democratic systems, alongside the problems of establishing democracy and their prospects in Georgia; they will be able to describe and analyze the political, social, economic and cultural environment for the development of a healthy democracy

    Compulsory Literature:   

    1.   Constitution and Democracy, Tbilisi 2014.

    2.   Golbio R, Hudleston T, Krapper P, Rowe D, Taalman W. 2009. Life in a democratic society. Ed. Natsvlishvili, N. Tbilisi: Teacher Professional Development Center.

    Supporting Literature:  

    1. Malkhaz Begiashvili, David Bostoghanashvili, Diana Lezhava and others. Transitional period and active citizenship on Democracy, - Tb., 2007

    2.  "Democracy and Citizenship" Assessment Report Grier Borous 2013

    Week 8

    TOPIC  2: Civil society and democratic citizenship

    Introducing the concepts of civil society and democratic citizenship for students; Discussion of issues about civil society and democratic citizenship in Georgia, in the context of international practice.

    Students will realize the importance of particular processes within civil society, for wider democratic development of Georgia; They will obtain knowledge of the factors involved and tools for promoting democratic citizenship.

    Learning Outcomes:

    - Students will understand the factors and peculiarities of the development of civil society and democratic citizenship in Georgia; Georgia's relevant practice will be discussed

    Compulsory Literature:

    1. Constitution and democracy, Tbilisi 2014.

    2.Golbio R, Hudleston T, Krapper P, Rowe D, Taalman W. 2009. Life in a democratic society. Ed. Natsvlishvili, N. Tbilisi: Teacher Professional Development Center.

    Supporting Literature:   

    1.Malkhaz Begiashvili, David Bostoghanashvili, Diana Lezhava and others. Transitional period and active citizenship on Democracy, - Tb., 2007

    2. G. Borous, G. Rukhadze, Z. Kvachadze, m. Gaprindashvili, L. Izoria, l. 2011. Red. Miminoshvili, Z. Democracy and citizenship. Tbilisi: Electoral Systems Foundation Representation in Georgia

    3. Beselia N. Bokeria N. Kordzadze str. 2011. How to become an Active Citizen (Teacher's Book) Tbilisi: Publishing House of Bakur Sulakauri.



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