The Road to Democracy in Portugal, Greece and Spain (in English)

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Road to Democracy in Portugal, Greece and Spain (in English)

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    History, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    OBJECTIVES. During the second half of the 1970?s, Southern Europe inaugurated the
    "third wave of democratization." This course approaches that crucial period of
    Portuguese, Greek and Spanish history with a comparative methodology. The course
    will analyze the nature of authoritarian regimes, as well as the transition to and
    consolidation of democracies.

    CLASS FORMAT. Students will come prepared to class, after working with the assigned
    pages from the handbook, key questions and other material supplied by the instructor.
    There will be two examinations: a midterm (session 12) and a final (session 27).
    Students will also work on a 3-4 page research paper (session 26) based on primary
    sources and class readings; further information on this paper will be provided in due
    course. Prior to that, students will work on a first paper reviewing articles from
    academic journals, which serves as an initial approach to the second paper; this paper
    is due on session 13.

    GRADING. Oral participation is very important, students are expected to contribute
    energetically and courteously in class. Attendance is checked daily (Note: after three
    unjustified absences, 0.5 points will be taken off the final grade; see UPO policy). The
    participation grade will take into account the student?s initiative and creativity during
    the different activities scheduled during the course.

    The final grade is broken down as follows:

    Participation (Classroom) 10%
    Midterm & Final Exam 60% (30% each)
    Review paper 10%
    Research paper 20%

    UNIT 1: Course Introduction. Democracy, Democratization, and Consolidation.
    UNIT 2: Modern Nondemocratic Regimes. The Implications of Prior Regime Type for
    Transition Paths and Consolidation Tasks. Actors and Contexts.
    UNIT 3: Southern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Economy, Society and
    UNIT 4: Authoritarian regimes in Greece, Portugal and Spain.
    UNIT 5: The Third Wave of Democratization. The Third Wave in Southern Europe.
    UNIT 6: Case Study 1, Greece
    UNIT 7: Case Study 2, Portugal
    UNIT 8: Case Study 3, Spain
    UNIT 9: International Factors in Political Change.
    UNIT 10: Consolidation of Democracy in Southern Europe
    UNIT 11: Models of Transition and Model Transitions. Shortcomings and
    Accomplishments of Southern European Democratization.


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    of State, 1987.
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    Democracy?, World Politics, 42, 3, 1990.
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    University Press, 1996.
    MALEFAKIS, E., "Southern Europe in the 19th and 29th Centuries: An Historical
    Overview", Madrid, Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones,
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    change in Southern and Eastern Europe, London, Oxford UP, 1997.
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    changing World, San Francisco, Westview, 1993.
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    Inquiry?, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 22, 2 (April 1980), 174-197.
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    Post-Authoritarian Greece", Madrid, Instituto Juan March de Estudios e
    Investigaciones, Estudio/Working Paper 1995/66, May 1995.
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