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IR3302   Democracy and Revolution in North Africa

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Tue

This module examines the causes and evolution of democracy and authoritarianism in North Africa in the post-colonial period. It aims to describe the structural and inter-subjective features of democratic and authoritarian change, and to locate them in vis-Ë-vis the evolution of regional politics and of the international system. It describes the specificities and dilemmas of authoritarian and democratic governance in each polity with a particular focus on the developments of the last decade (post-2001). It examines in details the relationship between the state and civil society - considering particularly the role of Islamism - within the larger context of processes of political and economic liberalisation as well as regional (north-south) integration.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 45%, Coursework = 55%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 45%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 55%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr F Volpi