Democratization in the World

7.5 credits

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The main object of the course is to introduce concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings within the research on democratisation.

The course begins with a discussion on core concepts, definitions and theories that frames the research on democratisation. This discussion includes democracy as political rights and civil liberties, democratisation as a phenomenon, process and phases and identified favourable and unfavourable factors of democratisation.

The second part of the course explores the historical and current trends of democratisation in the world. This part of the course focuses on global and regional patterns of political change, including democratisation processes in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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