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This subject explores the global history of dictatorship and democracy in the past two hundred years. It asks what social, economic, cultural, and geographical factors facilitate the development of the one or the other. Drawing on examples from Asia, America, Africa, Europe, and Australia, this subject explores the many variants of dictatorship and democracy as well as their successes and failures. It will equip students to understand not only the political history of the modern world, but also our present.
This subject forms part of the pathway “political and international history” within the History major.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
- Have developed a deep understanding of the history of dictatorship and democracy in the modern world.
- Have acquired the ability to analyse the complex social, economic, and cultural contexts of dictatorship and democracy.
- Have developed a clear understanding of the difference between primary and secondary sources available for the study of dictatorship and democracy, and modern political history more generally.
- Have learned to build a historical argument on one case study, based on both primary and secondary sources, and communicate it clearly in a variety of media.
- Students who complete this subject will develop their: • Critical and analytical skills (including argument identification and analysis); • Communication (written and oral); • Engagement (with real world ideas and problems);
Last updated: 22 January 2020