DEMOCRACY IN RETREAT? FAILED TRANSITIONS AND THE NEW AUTHORITARIANISM
Credit points: 15
For many commentators, the end of the Cold War heralded the impending triumph of democratic governance on a global scale. A quarter century later, optimism has given way to pessimism. This course seeks to explain why democratisation has often failed to produce durable democratic institutions. How have authoritarian regimes responded to the challenges posed by pro-democracy uprisings and Western democracy promotion? Does democratisation resolve or exacerbate ethnic conflict? How is the success of democratisation influenced by the nature of institutions like the military, the judiciary, political parties and the media? Is culture or religion an obstacle to democracy? Drawing on case studies from regions such as Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia, this course answers these and other questions as it introduces students to key concepts and debates in scholarship on democratisation and the new authoritarianism.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorial discussions, tutorial engagement exercises, argumentative research essays 1 and 2
Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath
LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Written tutorial engagement exercises (500 words) Four short critical comments, two in response to the readings, two in response to the lecture. These are to be submitted in hard copy in 6 out of 12 tutorials and serve as the basis for the student's contribution to class discussion.
First Argumentative Research Essay (1700 words)
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Second Argumentative Research Essay (1800 words) Students will be required to state how they applied the feedback from the Research Essay in this exam essay.
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