- Code POLS2126
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Svitlana Chernykh
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- discuss essential facts on the spread of democracy across time, region, and economic conditions;
- 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;
- discuss a particular country case example and how it fits with broader theories of democracy with specific empirical knowledge;
- analyse potential approaches to democracy promotion in light of the history of democracy; and
- place Australian democracy in a comparative context and discuss how Australia fits in with the major theories of democracy.
- 3 Short Essays, 1000 words each (60) [LO 1,2,3]
- Exam, 3 essay question responses (30) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3147||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||View|