Through participating in the lectures, seminar discussions and by completing assessments students will gain:
Awareness of the course of historical struggles over civil and political rights, as well as the main approaches to explaining the process of democratisation in comparative political science.
A solid grasp of the debates over the most important factors associated with democratisation and democratic endurance.
Knowledge of some of the classic cases of democratisation and democratic breakdown, as well as some of the important hybrid regimes of the modern world.
An empathetic understanding of the difficult choices that those living under undemocratic political systems face, and the continuing challenges of maintaining a democratic society.
In addition, the course is designed to augment student skills, providing
Experience applying social-scientific theories to particular cases, augmenting students'' analytical skills.
Familiarity with the techniques of qualitative research in comparative government and political sociology.
Experience using elementary techniques of data analysis and data visualisation to engage in cross-sectional and longitudinal comparison of democratising countries.