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Module

POL2111 : Democracy or Dictatorship? What are the differences and how do we analyse them

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sebastian Popa
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The study of comparative politics is essential for gaining a holistic understanding of how politics works. The present module aims at providing students an in depth understanding of the way in which democracies come to being, the main tools we have to study them and what are some of the essential characteristics that help us to evaluate their performance. Thus the module will provide students with the analytical knowledge and practical skills to understand the basic pre-requirements for the proper functioning of democratic regimes. In order to achieve these goals the module will: 1) offer students the broad knowledge of the methods used in comparative politics, 2) analyse the process of state formation and the classification of regimes as well as the political culture that encourages them, 3) present the benefits of democratic regime, 4) analyse the performance of democratic governments and 6) analyse the behaviour of citizens that define modern democracies

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics taught will be drawn from the following:
Introduction and methodological debates
Introduction; The state in a historical perspective
Debates on methodology
How do we get to democracy?                              
Varieties of authoritarian regimes
Democratization: Problems of democratic transition and consolidation
Democratic regimes and political culture
Democracy or dictatorship: Does it make a difference?
What do we analyse?
Government Performance: Economic Performance and regime survival
Government Performance: Accountability and Responsibility and quality of survival
The comparative study of public opinion
The comparative study of voting behaviour.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable