INTLSTD 385 - International and/or Comparative Topics in the Social Sciences
Winter 2020, Section 002 - Political Terror: State Repression of Human Rights
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
INTLSTD 101.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

This course explores the postwar transition of governments to democratic institutions throughout the 20th and the 21st century. Numerous peacekeeping operations and military interventions have sought to create institutions that will afford citizens the opportunity to participate in government. The reasoning behind this is straightforward: scholars and policymakers agree that democratic institutions should be solution to prevent recurring violence. The outcome of these efforts, however, has been a difficult lesson: an effective transition is much more complicated than just holding an election or rotating leadership. A number of factors - such as socio-economic development, historical experience, and trust - can influence the process against democratization. The first part of this course will address these debates and reflect on how they contribute to our understanding of whether democratic institutions can take root. The second part of the course will address the institutional changes that become necessary in an effort to build a democracy. In transitioning a government, the actors involved will have to: design power-sharing arrangements among factions, engage in constitutional negotiations, tackle rampant corruption, address the demands of an emerging civil society, and establish the rule of law. Examples discussed will include Haiti, the Weimar Republic, Japan, Mozambique, Angola, and Afghanistan. In this course, students will critically assess theories of democratic transitions, the various ensuing institutional changes, and historical case studies to arrive at a deeper understanding of the theoretical and policy implications for liberalizing the state after a major conflict. Essentially, students taking this course will become experts in one transition through three assignments: first, students will produce an annotated bibliography to establish their knowledge; second, give a research presentation to explain their case to peers; and third, offer policy recommendations on how to learn from or fix the situation.

Schedule

INTLSTD 385 - International and/or Comparative Topics in the Social Sciences
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
25268
Open
3
 
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W 2:30PM - 5:30PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
33595
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: No credit given to students who completed INTLSTD 401/POLSCI 489: Political Terror: State Repression of Human Rights.
003 (DIS)
 In Person
33596
Closed
0
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
33597
Closed
0
 
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
33598
Closed
0
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (LEC)
 In Person
33876
Open
9
2LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (LEC)
 In Person
34153
Open
17
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
34154
Open
4
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
34155
Open
5
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
34156
Open
3
 
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Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 010: Spanish-only section. Students interested in taking UC 390.001 for one additional credit should speak with the GSI. Overrides for UC 390 will be issued after classes begin.

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