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This module provides a comparative introduction to the topic of political authoritarianism. Authoritarianism, understood as non-democratic governance, is one of the main scourges of modern politics. Though there was a wave of democratisation following the collapse of the Soviet Union, authoritarianism has persisted in numerous guises, including the semi-authoritarian regimes that have developed in many of the so-called 'democratising' states. In gaining an understanding of contemporary authoritarianism, students will develop a more nuanced appreciation of the variety of different ways in which power can be exercised. The module will be of interest to those whose primary focus is on comparative politics, political economy, human rights, sociology and/or political history.
'An appropriate assessment pattern will be set which may include but not limited to one or several of the following; Written coursework, group work, unseen timed examinations, participation etc'
To demonstrate a command of the principal findings of research in the field of authoritarianism
To evaluate critically the design and implementation of authoritarianism research
To explore the determinants of authoritarianism in the contemporary world using relevant databases
To conduct rigorous analysis using relevant research sources
To advance reasoned and factually supported arguments in both written and oral formats
To identify and locate scholarly works and other resources relevant to the study of authoritarianism
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