• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Svitlana Chernykh
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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How and why has democracy spread across the world? Is democracy important for citizens? How can international actors help encourage the spread of democracy? What does the history of democracy say about Australian history? This course will teach students about various aspects of democracy in a comparative and international context. We will read about the major theories concerning the modes of democratic transition and breakdown, the country-level and international factors that predict democracy, and the impact democracy has on policies and economic outcomes.

Each week will bring attention to a country case or set of cases that illustrate the theories. Students will also pick a specific country case to research and write about.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss essential facts on the spread of democracy across time, region, and economic conditions
  2. Assess the major theories on modes of democratic transition and breakdown, the prediction of democracy, and the effects of democratic government based on empirical evidence and examples
  3. Discuss a particular country case example and how it fits with broader theories of democracy with specific empirical knowledge
  4. Analyze potential approaches to democracy promotion in light of the history of democracy
  5. Place Australian democracy in a comparative context and discuss how Australia fits in with the major theories of democracy

Indicative Assessment

3 Short Essays (40%) (1000 words each, all concerning a particular country case) (Learning Outcomes 1-3)

Exam (50%) (3 essay question responses) (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5)

Tutorial Participation (10%) (Learning Outcomes 1-5)

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There will be one two-hour lecture and one tutorial per week.  Students should allow 6-7 hours per week for reading and preparing asignments

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3287 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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