Checking date: 13/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Emerging countries
Bachelor in International Studies (Plan: 504 - Estudio: 305)

Coordinating teacher: CHAUCHARD , SIMON PIERRE ANDRÉ

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
There is no textbook for this class, so the lectures are an essential component of the class experience. The slides will be posted on Aula Global after each lecture. These do not however contain the lecture nor do they replace it: they merely contain the framework of the lecture as well as visuals used to illustrate what I will be lecturing about. This is to say: nothing replaces lecture notes. I hope lectures can be somewhat interactive. That is, do not hesitate to interrupt or ask questions ¿ this is ALWAYS valued and a way for me to know you a bit more. In your seminars, you will explore in more depth one or several points we touch on in lecture the previous week. Besides lectures, the readings are an equally central component of this class. I ask you to complete them before lecture or before the seminar if separate readings are assigned for that class. Everything is or will be on Aula Global under ¿content¿.
This course introduces students to political processes in emerging countries, a set of countries undergoing rapid economic and political changes. At the heart of our discussions will be the impact of these economic changes on political ones. We will first interrogate the relationship between development and democracy. We will then describe and characterize political processes in such places. How democratic is this set of countries and how did they become democratic? If and when democratic elections take place, how do they concretely work in countries with high levels of poverty, conflict, inequality, ethnic diversity and/or illiteracy? How do these elections diverge from western ideals and western realities? Drawing on the experience of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, we will compare and discuss the way electoral democracy is practiced in ¿most of the world¿.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
PART 1 - Democracy, Democratization and Development Session 1: Presentations, Introduction & Definitions Session 2: Political Regimes in Emerging Countries Session 3: How Did the world Democratize (1)? Elections Before Democracy (aka Elections in Non-Democratic Settings) Session 4: How Did the world Democratize (2)? The relationship between Economic development and Democracy Session 5: How Did the world Democratize (3)? Looking Beyond economic causes. PART 2 ¿ Elections in Emerging Democracies: Challenges Topics: What do Elections Look Like in new democracies?, Democratic consolidation and democratic norms, Electoral Integrity, political cleavages in emerging countries, Service Delivery, corruption, Clientelism & Vote buying , Political inequality, Limited Democratic Accountability.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures: In the lectures we will discuss the readings and the critical evidence needed to test the main theories. Reduced lectures: Each week we will have presentations, debates based on the readings and discussions of the essays. Students will have to participate actively in class.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.