Fall/Winter Timetable

POL426H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2326H1S L0101

Democracy and Dictatorship

Themes

This course will provide an in-depth exploration of modern theories of the origins of democracy and dictatorship. In the first part of the course, we will examine and compare theories rooted in economic development, voluntarism, institutional design, and historical institutionalism. The latter half of the course will focus on competing theories for the origins of Nazi rule in Germany in the 1930s, military dictatorship in Chile in the 1970s, and hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule in post-Soviet Russia.

Preparation

It will be helpful for students to have taken at least one course in political science.

Prerequisites

1.0 POL credit; minimum 14 credits

Exclusions
POL 443H1S (taken in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09)