COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: DEMOCRACY AND DEMOCRATIZATION
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 311 A 5 - - - 4 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Niuton Mulleti
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: The main objective of this course is to get students acquainted with the concepts of democracy and especially the process of democratization. It aims to teach the historical origins and development of democracy as well as introduce them to the voluminous literature on democracy and democratization. The main focus is to develop a critical analysis on why countries have different democratic regimes and how do democratic institutions function? Additionally, it examines the political, economic and social factors that help in embracing democratic reforms. Finally, it aims to give an overview of the different ways democracy is practiced around the world.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Introduction: Defining and Conceptualizing Democracy
2 Democracy and the State
3 Non- Democratic Systems and the transition to Democracy
4 Democracy Promotion
5 Democracy Accountability and Representation
6 Political Corruption and Democracy
7 Democracy, Government and Development
8 Midterm Week
9 Citizen security, rule of law and democratization
10 Sustainability of Democracy
11 Democracy and Conflict Management
12 Comparing Democratization Processes
13 Democracy and different cultural contexts (Democracy and Islam; Democracy and Eastern Asian cultures)
14 Concluding Remarks: The Future of Democracy
Prerequisite(s): No
Textbook: Dahl, R.A. Democracy and its Critics. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991; Linz, J. and A. Stepan Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); Whitehead, L. Democratization: Theory and Experience. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
Other References: Carsten, Q. and Philippe C. Schmitter ‘Liberalization, transition and consolidation: measuring the components of democratization’, Democratization, 11(5) 2004, pp.59-90. Huntington, S.P. ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’, Foreign Affairs, S93, 72(3) 1993, pp.22-49. O’Donnell, G. ‘Delegative Democracy’, Journal of Democracy, 5(1) 1994, pp.55-69. Available online at www.nd.edu/~kellogg/publications/workingpapers/WPS/172.pdf Zakaria, F. ‘The Rise of Illiberal Democracy’, Foreign Affairs, 76(6) 1997, pp.22–43. Samarasinghe, S.W.R. de A. ' Democracy and democratization in Developing Countries', International Center for Ethnic Studies, 1994;
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 An understanding of the process of democratization and main theories of democracy
2 An analysis of the main steps of democratization: from transition to consolidation
3 A capacity to apply theories to understand worldwide case studies
4 Effective written and discussion skills by integrating and comparing different democracy related concepts and processes
5 An ability to think of future models of democracy and democratization
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
30
Term Paper
1
30
Final Exam
1
30
Attendance
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 4 64
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 1.5 24
Mid-terms 1 12 12
Assignments
Final examination 1 15 15
Other 1 10 10
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5