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Democracies and Protecting Minority Rights

This is a formative assignment, meaning it is expected to demonstrate understandingand reflection of course material, including assigned reading, up to and includingTopic 9 (week…

This is a formative assignment, meaning it is expected to demonstrate understandingand reflection of course material, including assigned reading, up to and includingTopic 9 (week of November 23). The assignment should demonstrate thoughtful,original reflection on key texts assigned for the course. Arguments made should bebacked up with analytical reasoning and consideration of appropriate evidence (frompeer-reviewed sources or primary sources). Assignments will be evaluated according totheir originality, cohesion, depth of understanding of required course material, andprecision of communication. Expected length: 7-10 pages, typed, double-spaced. Seeadditional information, Statement on Written Work, and Late Papers in page 3-4 ofthe course outline.Additional Instructions: Choose one of the following three questions and answer fully.Your assignment should show awareness of content covered in online video lectures.Cite your sources appropriately, while writing in your own words as much as possible.You may supplement your points with outside research and/or examples fromcountries, but if you do so, make sure you have supported all statements with factsand references. Include a bibliography. MLA style is preferred; include a title page.
1. How should democracies protect the rights of minority groups (e.g. ethnic,religious, racialized minorities? Should democracies in the real world protectminority groups in the same way, or in different ways? Explain in detail. Youranswer should discuss at least four of the following authors: Marshall, Coates,Taylor, Kymlicka, Mill, de Tocqueville, and Dahl.
2. Do democracies make progress over time, in expanding democratic rights andfreedoms? Or do they regress? (Alternatives are possible; for example, theremight be progress in some areas and setbacks in other areas). Discuss andcritique the views on democracy and progress of at least four of the followingauthors: Aristotle, Marshall, Wollstonecraft, Dahl, de Tocqueville, and Mill.
3. How should a democracy balance individual economic freedom and socialequality? Here, the readings offer some very different views. Compare andcritique the views of at least four of the following: Aristotle, Marshall,Schumpeter, Lenin, Dahl, and Mill.

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