Fall 2014  |  POL 8660 Section 001: Topics in Comparative Politics -- Democratization (23644)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
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Delivery Medium
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014
Tue 01:25PM - 03:20PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 1383
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Course Catalog Description:
Readings in advanced topics or problems; supervised research and research training.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Title: Democracy and Democratization This seminar considers some of the oldest and most important questions in comparative politics. What is democracy? What are the sources of democratic and non-democratic rule, and what factors promote authoritarian and democratic regime stability and/or change? We will explore research from all major political science approaches to these and related questions. Readings are selected for their theoretical and/or conceptual importance; the seminar does not focus on any particular region of the world. The seminar will be organized around the following main themes: 1) Philosophical traditions, emergence of key concepts 2) Typologies of regimes - empirical referents 3) The rise of the state and sources of democratic and authoritarian rule 4) Processes of regime decay and/or collapse
50% Reports/Papers
25% Reflection Papers
25% Class Participation
Class Format:
25% Lecture
60% Discussion
15% Student Presentations
~200 Pages Reading Per Week
30 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Other Workload: Main project is a 25-page research paper.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
18 March 2008

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