PSCI 442
Senior Seminar: Authoritarian Regimes Fall 2023
Division II

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Authoritarian regimes are plentiful in the world today. Some appear durable and resilient; they are not simply transient political failures awaiting a breakthrough to democracy. This course will consider the history and contemporary experience of authoritarianian regimes, beginning with political philsophical analyses of classcal theorists such as Montesquieu, Moore, and Arendt. Attention then turns to how post-World War II authoritariansm has been understood from a variety of perspectives, including: the “transitions to democracy” approach; analysis of problems of authoritarian control and authoritarian power-sharing; and examination of “authoritarian relience,” among others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 1718
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 papers of 5-7 pages, discussion leadership, oral report on an authoritarian regime of student's choice, class participation.
Prerequisites: Political science major or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Senior comparative politics concentrators; other political science senior majors; other political science majors; permission of instructor.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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