GV4E1 Half Unit
Comparative Democratization in a Global Age
This information is for the 2016/17 session.
Dr. Bill Kissane
This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies and MSc in Global Politics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is capped at 2 groups. The deadline for enrolments will be 12 noon, Monday 3 October 2016. You will be informed of a decision by 12 noon, Wednesday 5 October 2016.
To introduce students to the fundamental political science debates about the phenomenon of democratization, to explore the explanatory strength of key paradigms, and to compare distinct modes of democratization. Specific topics are: Definitions of democratization and democratic consolidation; capitalist development and democratization, civil society, elite transitions and international interventions, post-communist transitions, post-civil war democracy, democratic revolutions, constitutional moments and hybrid regimes.
15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.
There will be a reading week in week 6 of the MT for private study and assessment preparation.
All students are expected to submit two non-assessed essays.
D Potter et al, Democratization, J. Grugel, Democratization, Rueschmeyer, Stephens and Stephens, Capitalist Development and Democracy; J Linz and A S Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2015/16: 24
Average class size 2015/16: 12
Controlled access 2015/16: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills