Course Description

Course Name


Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


This course will study contemporary authoritarianism both conceptually and empirically. It will develop and deploy a tripartite typology of authoritarianism to investigate the factors that are associated with the survival of authoritarian regimes, and also the circumstances under which such regimes fail.
The course aims are:
? To understand the concept of authoritarianism and its principal sub-types
? To analyse how authoritarianism research is conducted
? To appreciate the factors that have contributed historically to the contemporary distribution of authoritarianism around the world
? To understand how the three main sub-types of authoritarianism function
? To understand the common causes and consequences of authoritarianism
? To examine critically common strategies employed in the aim of reducing authoritarianism

*Course content subject to change