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Module Title LH Democracy and Democratization in Contemporary Europe
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20918
Module Lead
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

This module offers a comparative study of the wave of democratisation that set off in the mid 1970s and has swept much of Southern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe during the past two decades. The module will analyse the theoretical literatures on contemporary democratisation and regime change and will compare the experiences of countries emerging from different types of non-democratic rule, focusing in particular on the post-authoritarian democracies of Southern Europe and post-communism in East-Central Europe. It provides an overview of the most salient of the democratisation literature, the basic issues at state in the contemporary debates, and explores the concepts of `democracy' and `democratic consolidation'.

The topics investigated involve the socio-economic, political and international dimensions of democratisation; the different possible paths towards democracy their consequences and the consolidation of democracy; institution building in new democracies; the development of political parties and party systems; and the territorial, economic and cultural aspects transitions to democracy and democratic consolidation. These topics will be approached from a comparative perspective, whereby particular attention will be given to the scope of comparison and concept formation in comparative politics.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of processes of democratisation in Southern Europe, East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.
  • Use the relevant conceptual frameworks to analyse democratisation situations in various areas of the world.
  • Understand and explain the problems involved in the emergence and consolidation of a competitive party system in a new democracy.
  • Demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the core methodological issues and key concepts in comparative politics.
Assessment 20918-01 : 1500 word fact file : Presentation (25%)
20918-02 : 2500 Words assessed work : Coursework (40%)
20918-03 : Exam 2 hours : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (35%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2500-word assessed work (40%); 2 hour examination (35%);1500- word country fact-file assignment (25%) Re-assessment: None
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