Dictatorships and Revolutions
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Politics, International Relations, Political Science
Taught In English
40 100-level POLS/INTP pts;
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
This introduces students to the nature and varities of modern dictatorship and non-democracy, the cause of their emergence, and the processes that lead to their collapse and transformation. Our focus will be on developing concepts and tools useful for the analysis of a wide variety of cases. 70% internal assessment, 30% examination. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in INTP. See major requirements for details.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. identify existing non-democracies, and articulate similarities and differences among nondemocracies
2. identify the mechanisms by which non-democratic regimes and dictators keep themselves
in power, as well as the ways in which their power is constrained
3. critically evaluate the systematic advantages and evils of various forms of non-democracy
4. understand the processes leading to the emergence, transformation, or overthrow of nondemocratic regimes
5. critically use and evaluate quantitative and statistical data about political regimes
6. summarise and explain important current research in political science about dictatorships
Project & paper- 40%
Blog posts explaining specific readings- 20%
Blog posts- 10%
Final exam- 30%
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