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Course Description

This course first offers a critical, historical perspective on how, when and why states democratize and de-democratize, and what these processes look like. It then focuses intellectual attention on US attempts to promote democratization ‘from the outside, in’ as a political imperative in post-conflict states from the 1990s onwards, following the logic of the Liberal Peace Thesis. It considers the means and organizations through which these attempts were and continue to be made, and the impacts of these efforts in a number of case study countries, including East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. It looks at the intersections between democratization and stability, elections, the social contract, domestic policy and violence in these countries. In doing so, the course provides a dynamic combination of theory and examples from the field, with opportunities for students to conduct deep-dive analyses of the lived impacts of democratization in a country of their choice.

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/online/online-learning.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Hybrid Course Policy

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences