POLS210-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Democratic Uprisings and Political Participation

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course examines democratic uprisings, with a primary focus on people power uprisings in Southeast Asia and on the recent uprisings in the Middle East, popularly known as the "Arab Spring". It examines the causes of uprisings, the factors that lead to success or failure, and the role of both traditional and social media in the uprisings. It considers when newly created democracies are most likely to succeed and when they are likely to fail. Finally it considers the collapse of newly democratic governments and the rise of large insurgencies in the Middle East. What is ISIS/ISIL/IS/Islamic State? Where did it come from? What does it mean for the future of politics in the Middle East and for the global community?

Learning Outcomes


15 points in POLS at 100-level. Students not meeting the prerequisites but with at least a B average in 60 points in appropriate courses may be admitted to take Political Science and International Relations courses at the 200-level with the approval of the Department coordinator.

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Ernest Rutherford 141 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 443 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

James Ockey


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 35%
Midterm Test 16 Aug 2018 30%
Research Paper 30 Sep 2018 35% 2000 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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