Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU20416 Totalitarian politics
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
|Assessment: CW 20%, EX 80%|
Aims: To further students' knowledge of comparative politics and history by examining 20th century European non-democratic movements and regimes, with particular attention being paid to the relevance of the concept of 'totalitarianism' to communist and fascist regimes.
By the end of the unit students should be able to demonstrate:
* an understanding of the main theories of the rise, nature and failure of non-democratic regimes;
* familiarity with debates about whether non-democratic politics, particularly communism and fascism, could revive;
* an ability to work in teams to make a seminar presentation;
* an ability to synthesize diverse empirical and theoretical material in order to write and essay.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.
The concepts of authoritarianism and totalitarianism; the role of ideas and ideology in the genesis of European non-democratic movements and regimes; state and leadership in non-democratic regimes; violence, coercion and support; the collapse of non-democratic regimes.