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Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions)

Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions)
Master programme in
Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / International Public Administration and Politics * / Politics and Administration * / Public Administration * / Global and Development Studies / International Politics and Governance / Public Administration
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Responsible for the activity
Ole Bruun (obruun@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
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Overall objective

A specialisation course aims to allow students to immerse themselves in the theories/theory lines and empirical issues pertaining to a particular subject area. The course equips students to competently select and argue for the applicability and relevance of a theory/theory line to given issues. The courses offered are based on the Institute's research in the field and knowledge of the highest international standard. The specific subject area of the courses will be described in the activity description.

Current Global and Development Challenges and Solutions addresses various global and development challenges, such as conflicts, questions of justice, inequality, sustainability, and effects for instance on states, markets and civil society.

Detailed description of content

Democratic decline and authoritarian aggression – consequences for the Global South

This course will introduce students to the impact that authoritarian aggression and rising global conflict may have on particularly the smaller, poorer, and weaker states in the Global South. As authoritarian states led by China demand revisions to the global order if not a total replacement with their own, the international framework for aid and assistance is rapidly changing. New Chinese-led institutions in the Global South such as AIIB and NDB, as much as Chinese pressure on conventional international institutions and the promotion of Chinese currency offer new avenues of growth and development. However, when China offers a comprehensive package of loans, infrastructure works, communication and surveillance technology, and media controls, with an undercurrent of sharp power politics, the weaker states face dangerous and long-term consequential decisions. By means of general literature combined with views and debates from the Global South, including from South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the course will examine who wins and who loses out when underlying development interests become authoritarian rather than democratic.

Course material and Reading list

To be announced in moodle

Overall plan and expected work effort

The course will consist of 10 lectures by the course responsible and selected experts. The students are required to actively participate in discussions and by making small group presentations. The course also includes one or two visits to relevant organisations in the Copenhagen area.

Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/


To be announced in moodle

Overall learning outcomes

  • Be able to explain and evaluate, using relevant terminology, the advantages and disadvantages of various theories/theory lines within the aspect of a subject area that is dealt with in the specialisation course

  • Be able to confidently and independently evaluate, select and apply relevant theories in relation to an issue

  • Be able to reflect critically on the relevance of the topic to the subject matter of the course

  • Carry out analyses on a scientific basis and deal in a creative and solution-oriented manner with central issues within the course theme

  • Communicate knowledge in language that is technically precise, well-structured and well-argued.

Form of examination
Individual portfolio exam.

The character limit of the portfolio is maximum 36,000 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The portfolio is written completely or partially during the course.

The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time (uploaded to eksamen.ruc.dk). Handing in the portfolio or parts of the portfolio to the supervisor for feedback, cannot replace the upload to eksamen.ruc.dk.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Individual portfolio exam: students are expected to make presentations in small groups in connection with lectures. Each student will develop a topic relating to the overall theme of the course and first submit it as a concept note half way through the course, and finally submit it as a written assignment at the end of the course.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60605
Last changed 02/05/2023

lecture list:

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Wednesday 13-09-2023 10:15 - 13-09-2023 12:00 in week 37
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 20-09-2023 10:15 - 20-09-2023 12:00 in week 38
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 27-09-2023 10:15 - 27-09-2023 12:00 in week 39
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 04-10-2023 10:15 - 04-10-2023 12:00 in week 40
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 11-10-2023 10:15 - 11-10-2023 12:00 in week 41
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 25-10-2023 10:15 - 25-10-2023 12:00 in week 43
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 01-11-2023 10:15 - 01-11-2023 12:00 in week 44
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF) - ONLINE

Wednesday 08-11-2023 10:15 - 08-11-2023 12:00 in week 45
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 15-11-2023 10:15 - 15-11-2023 12:00 in week 46
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Wednesday 29-11-2023 10:15 - 29-11-2023 12:00 in week 48
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression (GDS, IPG, PF)

Monday 15-01-2024 10:00 - 15-01-2024 10:00 in week 03
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression - hand-in, exam

Monday 26-02-2024 10:00 - 26-02-2024 10:00 in week 09
Democratic Decline and Authoritarian Aggression - hand-in, reexam