Democracy and Development

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Democracy and Development

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Semester 1 will address the question of how political institutions affect economic development. We will examine three core sets of institutions - state, nation, and regime ? examining their character and development in both historical and contemporary perspective. We will look at how democratic nation states emerged in the West, comparing this to the experiences of contemporary developing countries. We will consider the major theories on how these institutions impact on development and what empirical evidence we have about this relationship. The course will also consider how a new set of actors ? international donors and financial institutions like the World Bank ? are impacting on politics in the developing world.

    Semester 2 will explore the issues raised in the first semester in the specific context of contemporary African politics. We will examine the challenges of state-formation in an African context and the consequences of state weakness for development; the role that ethnic politics and conflict have played in undermining these nations; the authoritarian experiences of post-colonial African states and the recent moves towards democracy. Overall, this part of the course will anchor the broader theories about the relationship between institutions and development in the particular context of Africa and illuminate the development challenges many countries are facing today.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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