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Demonstrating political perspectives through written dialogue

1. Students read excerpts from Plato's dialogues (The Republic and Gorgias) as well as a chapter from "The Case Against the Democratic State: An Essay in Cultural Criticism" by Gordon Graham (2000).

2. Students are asked to write a 1000-1200 word three way dialogue between Plato, Graham and a modern voter on the merits of democracy and the role of expertise in politics.

3. Comprehension of key perspectives and arguments, and creativity are assessed.