POLS210-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Democratic Uprisings and Political Participation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


With democracy increasingly coming under attack around the world, this course examines democratic uprisings, focusing on the "people's power" uprisings in Southeast Asia, the "Arab Spring" uprisings in the Middle East, and contemporary uprisings in other parts of the world. 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. Last, we consider the threats to contemporary democracies, particularly new democracies, but also with some reflection on more established democracies like our own.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to
* gain an understanding of relevant tools and theories in comparative politics
* familiarize themselves with theories related to democratization and political participation
* apply concepts and theories learned in the course
* identify major issues and current debates on democratization in Southeast Asia and the Middle East
* develop an understanding of the cultural context and norms relevant to democracy and participation
* develop an understanding of the impact of globalisation and global norms on democratisation
* further develop their ability in communicating ideas cogently and forming reasoned arguments
* evaluate and use appropriate evidence
* develop their ability in doing research independently and writing logically and coherently


Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Rehua 529
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

James Ockey

Textbooks / Resources

Required readings will be made available on Learn (most books) or through the library (some books, most journal articles).  Some readings will be discussed in class and you are expected to keep up with assigned readings.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All POLS210 Occurrences

  • POLS210-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • POLS210-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)