TDDEM 100 Democracy in the 21st Century

TDDEM 100 | Open | Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


“This is a transdisciplinary course, which means you will collaborate with students from across disciplines and engage with wider community perspectives to address complex socio-environmental issues.  Complex environmental issues require these types of collaborations.  We welcome you  to join us on this drive for transformative change in how we address environmental issues.”

Examines the challenges to democracy in New Zealand and globally arising from high inequality, the changing information environment, and authoritarian movements. Uses a transdisciplinary approach to understand the interplay of economic, legal, technological, and cultural factors. Explores innovative ideas for ensuring democratic integrity and building more inclusive, equitable, and participatory democracies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the threats and opportunities facing democracies today, especially Aotearoa New Zealand (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  2. Analyse the interactions between economic, legal, social, and communication systems and the functioning of democratic systems of government (Capability 3 and 4)
  3. Critically evaluate competing visions for democratic reform (Capability 4 and 5)
  4. Identify and explain the primary features of transdisciplinarity (Capability 3)
  5. Effectively collaborate within a diverse team while engaged in discussion of a complex societal problem (Capability 1, 6, 7 and 8)
  6. Apply one or more transdisciplinary approaches to address a complex societal problem (Capability 3, 4 and 5)
  7. Communicate effectively using at least two different channels (written, oral, or visual) to convey complex information (Capability 6 and 7)
  8. Reflect on the use of transdisciplinary approaches for complex problem-solving (Capability 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7)

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