UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0120 Democracy and Authoritarianism in Post-communist Europe

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 2

Module Coordinator: Dr Sean Hanley
Module Tutors: Dr Sean Hanley
Weekly Contact Hours: 2hrs
Prerequisites: None
This module is compulsory for students on the following courses: N/A

Summative Assessment

2,500-word comparative essay (60%)

1,000-word case study/briefing paper (40%)

Formative Assessment

Students have the option of writing a 1500-word reflection based on a class discussion, either individually or collaboratively.

Module Outline

The module covers issues of comparative democratisation across post-communist Europe and Eurasia, it focuses on broad comparative analyses investigating reasons for the success and failures of democratisation across the region. At key points, the post-communist experience of (de-)democratisation will be juxtaposed with those the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America and Western Europe.  Topics covered: democracy as a regime (and its alternatives); the distinctness and comparability of post-communist democratisation; modernisation and the (missing) middle class; democratic (and undemocratic) transitions; historical legacies; choosing and building institutions;  how state disintegration and state building impacts (un)democratic outcomes; external and international influences [leverage, linkage, democracy promotion; democratic consolidation; backsliding and ‘de-consolidation’; what post-communist states teach us about comparative (de-)democratisation.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.