Democracy and Democratisation
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr George Ofosu
Professor Sebastian Balfour, Professor Sumantra Bose, Professor John Chalcraft, Dr Vesselin Dimitrov, Professor Francisco Panizza and Professor John Sidel.
This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics, BSc in Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and History, BSc in Politics and International Relations, BSc in Politics and Philosophy and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Students must have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101).
The course is concerned with theories and case studies of democratic transformations. It has focused on several different parts of the world including Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America, South East Asia, India, the Middle East and Russia. It analyses processes of transition to democracy in historical context and also analyses relations between democracy, democratisation and economic development in a global capitalist economy.
15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
There will be a reading week in Week 6 of both terms.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the MT and LT.
The most useful introductory readings are: J. Grugel (2002) Democratization: A critical introduction; L. Whitehead Democratization (2002) and the articles in Journal of Democracy, January 2015. Other useful texts are Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Evelyne Huber Stephens, and John D. Stephens. (1991) Capitalist Development and Democracy. Oxford and Cambridge: Polity, pp.41-78 69-105, 1995; A Przeworski, Democracy and the Market (1991); D. A. Rostow (1970) Transitions to Democracy: Towards a Dynamic Model; T. Carothers (2002) The End of the Transition Paradigm?; Donatella Della Porta (2013) Can Democracy be Saved?
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
GENERAL COURSE STUDENTS ONLY:
The Class Summary Grade for General Course students will be calculated as follows: 70% formative coursework, 20% class presentation, 10% class participation (including attendance and contribution).
Total students 2018/19: 92
Average class size 2018/19: 13
Capped 2018/19: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving