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MA Programmes

The Centre for Studies in Democratisation develops and participates in the teaching programme of the Department of Politics and International Studies. 

Examples of modules on democratisation are:

  • MA, optional module on ‘Democratisation and development’ (seminar led by Peter Burnell and Renske Doorenspleet)
  • MA Module: Democratic Legitimacy and Justification. This module explores recent contributions to the philosophy of democracy. It focuses on the ideal of democratic legitimacy and the demand that state institutions and policies be justified to citizens. It explores questions such as: What is the relation between democratic legitimacy and justice? Does legitimacy require the rational justifiability of democratic choices? If political equality is a fundamental democratic demand, what does it mean in multicultural societies? (module led by Fabienne Peter and Matthew Clayton)
Members of the Centre also try to incorporate issues of democratisation in general modules, e.g.
  • MA, mandatory module on ‘Comparative politics’. Seminar on theories of democratisation (module led by Renske Doorenspleet)
  • MA, mandatory module on ‘Quantitative data analysis’. Seminars on statistical studies of democratisation and SPSS exercises with replication of existing research -e.g. of Lipset, Lijphart and Inglehart- in this field (module led by Renske Doorenspleet)

Members of the Centre strongly encourage students to write about democratisation. Examples of recent dissertations are:

  • MA , ‘An evaluation of European Union democracy assistance to sub-Saharan Africa since 1989’
  • MA, ‘The impact of neo-liberal economic development on democratic sustainability in Latin America: socio-economic inequality and political populism with special reference to Argentina and Bolivia’
  • MA, ‘An examination of the limits to democracy posed by oil rentier states with reference to selected African cases’