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Overview: Studying Areas (8 ECTS)

This module focuses on the academic field of area studies. You will immerse in the various academic debates and political functions that have guided the development of the field in recent years.

Dr. Andrey Makarychev

Dr. Andrey Makarychev

Instructor: Andrey Makarychev

This module will acquaint you to the various eras of transformation that we have seen in the past decades. The decolonization movement and the non-aligned movement in the Cold War, the wave of democratization in Latin America in the 1960s, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 1990s, the recent colour revolutions in Eastern Europe, as well as the Arab Spring revolutions will be looked at from a comparative perspective.

What has guided these transformations, how was social change induced in each of these regions? Were the transformations driven from above or below? Where external or internal factors crucial for bringing about social change? What were the major challenges and impediments? Looking at these transformations from a comparative perspective enables you to make general statements about the process of social and political change in different eras and regions of the world.

Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: Introduction

Unit 01: Introduction

Part II: Transformation Approach

Unit 02: Historical description of the 1989-1991 transformation movements
Unit 03: Analysis of Research on the 1989-1991 Cycle of Transformation: Legacies, Institutions and Explanations of Divergent Developments
Unit 04: Mapping the Colored Revolutions
Unit 05: Explaining Colored Revolutions
Unit 06: Negotiating Change: The Evolution of Discontent in the Middle East and North Africa
Unit 07: Legacies of the past, diverging institutional developments and new forms of politics
Unit 08: Transformation in China
Unit 09: Transformation in China II

Part III: Diffusion Approach

Unit 10: Diffusion I: Regime Strategies
Unit 11: Diffusion II: Conscious Diffusion and Demonstration Effects
Unit 12: Diffusion III: Transnational Networks
Unit 13: Diffusion IV: Pivotal Cases and Early Risers
Unit 14: Conclusion