Democratization in the World

7.5 credits

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.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.