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University of Michigan

Democratic to Authoritarian Rule

University of Michigan via edX


This event is part of Michigan’s Teach-Out Series which provides just-in-time community learning opportunities for participants around the world to come together in conversation with the U-M campus community, including faculty experts.

How does history help us understand today’s political climate?

Political systems in many countries around the world have shifted from more democratic to more authoritarian tendencies. A deeper understanding and knowledge of this past can inform how we understand contemporary political changes.

This Teach-Out will bring together expert knowledge about democracies and the processes that erode democratic decision-making and structures. By examining historical and comparative patterns, learners will gain a better understanding of contemporary politics.​

Guest contributors include:

Sheri Berman (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Juan Cole (University of Michigan)

Fatma Müge Göçek (University of Michigan)

Pauline Jones (University of Michigan)

Robert Kaufman (Rutgers University)

Maria Carmen Lemos (University of Michigan)

Maria Victoria Murillo (Columbia University)

Brian Porter-Szucs (University of Michigan)

Taught by

Arun Agrawal


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  • A different approach to most MOOCs with a live discussion on a relatively complex subject over a weekend. [Note - it wasn't clear to me before the course started that it was over just a weekend and not a whole week - consequently I didn't gain the benefit I feel I could have done.] You would probably have to sacrifice the whole weekend to get the greatest benefit.
    It widened my understanding of some disturbing world wide trends and gave a good insight into what is happening. That insight is largely from a liberal democratic perspective.

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