An introduction to the persistent challenge of authoritarianism. The course explores the nature of authoritarianism and its evolution from ancient through modern times. Students will study how authoritarian regimes vary, why citizens sometimes comply with them, and when and how citizens rebel. The course concludes with a review of contemporary authoritarianism, focusing on its resilience in the Middle East and East Asia and its potential for a resurgence in the US and Europe.

Credits: 3
Grading Method: Regular, Pass-Fail, Audit

Course Offerings

Spring 2019Instructor: Calvert W. JonesView: Syllabus