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POLS 250 Transitions to Democracy and Authoritarianism

Faculty: Gilbert
Content: Why do some countries transition to democratic forms of rule while others do not? We will investigate this question by examining not only the rise of democracy, but also the origins and persistence of authoritarianism. While the course will consider historical processes of democratization and authoritarianism, emphasis will be placed on developments in the past thirty years. This course will draw on country examples from multiple world regions to illuminate why some autocrats have fallen and others have not—even in the current “age of democratization.”
Prerequisites: POLS 102 or permission of instructor.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.