Dictatorships and Revolutions

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dictatorships and Revolutions

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level POLS/INTP pts;

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    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
    and revolutions.

    Project & paper- 40%
    Blog posts explaining specific readings- 20%
    Blog posts- 10%
    Final exam- 30%

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