Course #
Certificate Program
Global Conflict Studies

This course provides an overview of topics related to politics in authoritarian regimes. We begin by introducing the concept of authoritarianism: how it differs from democracy and how authoritarian regimes differ from each other. We then investigate the tools authoritarian rulers employ to maintain power, including institutions, policies, and tactics, and we examine the effects and side effects of these tools. Finally, we study transitions of power and of institutions, both on the way out of authoritarianism (democratization) and on the way in (democratic backsliding). Students who take this course will acquire a broad understanding of authoritarian politics and how it is covered in the literature.

Course Sections

Term Instructor(s) Day(s) Time(s) Syllabus
Winter 2023 Alexei Zakharov Monday, Wednesday 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM Syllabus
Spring 2023 Alexei Zakharov Monday, Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Syllabus