Course Description

The basic objective of the course is to expose students with the concepts of democratization, human rights and governability. It provides the fundamentals of the above mentioned concepts by focusing the socio, economic, political, cultural and institutional developments in select countries and special focus to Ethiopia. Democratization in comparative politics from the perspective of the transition and consolidation processes of the late 20th century. the principal goal of the seminar is to encourage a critical understanding of the social, economic, cultural, institutional and political conditions, both domestic and international, that help explain democratic development and, in particular, the multifaceted problems of transition and consolidation. Issues of democracy, democratization, actors of democratization; human rights: theories and practices. Though broad in scope, the course will focus primarily on the recent Latin American, European, African countries experiences with a special emphasis of Ethiopia.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be:

-identify essential conceptual issues relate to democratization, human rights and governability

--explain consolidation of democracy and democratic political system-case of Eastern Europe states

-discuss transition to democracy and democratization in comparative politics sense

-understand about transition to democracy and democratization-case of sub Saharan African states

-understand consolidation of democracy and democratic political system-Latin America

-discuss democratization and democratic transition in Ethiopia