College Of Arts And Sciences | Ballots and Bullets
E104 | 0144 | Gibson

The world is democratizing.  Over the past three decades, more countries
have changed from authoritarian regimes to democracies than at any other
time in history.  And the democratic wave is sweeping across most of the
globe: democratic transitions have occurred in Europe, Africa, Latin
America, South America, and Asia.  This course will provide students the
opportunity to explore the politics, economics, and social effects of modern
democratic transitions.
This course allows students to investigate the causes and consequences of
democratic transitions.  Students will read and discuss the most recent
theories and cases of democratic transitions, and will study how
democratization might be linked to phenomena like culture, political
institutions, economic institutions, wealth, education, religion, the
relationship between the military and the people, and civil society.
Students will also apply these theories to a number of cases where such
transitions have both succeeded and failed.
Students are evaluated on their contribution to classroom discussion, group
assignments, individual assignments, reading quizzes, a midterm and a final.