Democratization studies

7.5 credits

The main purpose of the course is to introduce concepts, theoretical perspectives and historical and contemporary trends on democratization. The course begins with discussions about the basic concepts, definitions and theories on democratization. This first part deals with a discussion about the fundamental concepts such as electoral and liberal democracy, dictatorship, transition, consolidation of democracy, democratization as a phenomenon and its different stages. The second part continues with a presentation of identified favorable and unfavorable factors for democratization. The first two parts is structured around the key questions; what, why, how and how long?

The third part of the course examines historical and contemporary trends concerning democratization in the world, both in the world regions such Latin America, Africa, Asia, Middle East, the post-communist world and in individual cases, such as Burma, China, Ukraine, South Africa and Venezuela.

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Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.

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