COURSE SYLLABUS

Democracy, Development and Democratization 7.5 Credits

Demokrati, utveckling och demokratisering
First cycle, S0031N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Head of the Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 22 Dec 2010

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG
Subject
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and the courses Political Science A, Political Theory 7,5 credits (S0005N) and Political Science A, Comparative Politics 7,5 credits (S0007N) or equivalent.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 1-165 credits.



Course Aim
Issues on democracy and democratization are high on the agenda of academics as well as politicians, activists and citizens Although many different variants of democratic decision-making have been proposed over the years, its representative form; the process through which the people choose their political leaders through free and transparent elections, is still one of the most influential political innovations of modern times. So influential is democracy that it not only has come to signify a form of rule, but a goal in itself. Some scientists even claim that the success of democracy represents the "end of history", since no other institutional arrangement can compete with it, philosophically or ethically. This course examines the concepts of democracy and democratization, their meaning and importance both for researchers and practitioners.

After the course students shall be able to:

•    Describe and discuss the multifaceted concept of democracy, both from theoretical and empirical viewpoints.
•    Describe and discuss the political principles (and differing interpretations thereof) that are and have been central in shaping the modern state.
•    Describe, explain and compare different explanatory models’ bearing on the process of democratization, and various factors affecting the democratization process.
•    Discuss and analyze the development of the welfare state and its institutional prerequisites.
•    Critically discuss the concept of social capital, and analyze its impact on the functioning of democracy.
•    Apply the above knowledge to critically analyze the political development process.
•    Read and understand scientific papers and apply the content in both oral and written form.

Contents
The purpose of this course in political theory is to discuss the extent to which theories in political science can be used to understand and explain contemporary political problems related to democracy, democratization and the post-democratic society.

During the course the following areas are addressed:

•    Democracy theory - from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective.
•    Different interpretations of the concept of democracy and the democratic process.
•    Democracy versus dictatorship.
•    Attempts to measure democracy and democratization.
•    Democratization processes from a theoretical perspective, including:
o    The development of democracy in the world - the waves of democratization.
o    The importance for democratization and democratic consolidation of factors such as economic development, modernization, political culture, citizens, institutions and political elites.
o    Post-democratic development of the welfare state and welfare state institutions.
o    Social capital, trust and their impact in the functioning of democracy.

Realization
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and exercises, individually and in groups. The aim of the lectures is to introduce students to the key themes of the course and to offer examples of their empirical application. The seminars and exercises are aimed at deepening the understanding of and ability to critically evaluate key theories and concepts, as well as to apply this knowledge to the study of democracy and democratization. Active participation at seminars is compulsory.

Examination
In-class examination (4.5 credits), that examines the student's ability to describe and discuss the multifaceted concept of democracy, both from a theoretical and an empirical point-of-view, to present and discuss the political principles (and differing interpretations thereof) that is and has been central in shaping the modern state system of government; and to describe, explain and compare different explanatory models’ bearing on, and various factors in the democratization process. Two seminars in writing as well as an oral presentation is equivalent to 3.0 credits. These examines the ability to discuss and analyze the development of the welfare state and the institutional conditions for this, and the ability to critically discuss the concept of social capital, and to analyze its impact on the functioning of democracy. All examinations examine the student’s ability to read and understand scientific texts and use this knowledge to critically analyze the political development process in both oral and written form.

Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration eduets@ltu.se not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Examiner
Carina Lundmark

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2013 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Haerpfer, C.W., Bernhagen, P., Ingleheart, R.F., Welzel, C. (ed.) (2009). Democratization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Putnam, R. (senaste upplagan): Den fungerande demokratin. Stockholm: SNS.
Rothstein, B. (senaste upplagan) Just Institutions Matter. The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State. Cambridge: CUP.
Sanne, M. (senaste upplagan) Skrivråd för statsvetare. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Literature might be added

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Items/credits
NumberTypeCreditsGrade
0001Written exam4.5TG U G VG
0002Compulsory assignments3.0TG U G#

Study guidance
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