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.


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!