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.


Linnaeus University’s campus is located roughly 15 minutes with bicycle from the city centre. Campus is like a small society in its own right, with the university, student accommodation and student life all in one place. Everything happens on campus – here you become part of a creative knowledge environment and an eventful student life.

What will you find when exploring Växjö? There is a great selection of restaurants and cosy cafés. There is a large lake in the city centre, beautiful nature is always nearby. Many students enjoy the combination of the city centre in Växjö and life on campus. This is where your dream of the future begins!