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62256-01 - Seminar: Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Europe 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Leandra Bias (leandra.bias@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Countries from post-communist Europe have regularly made the headlines in recent years: Russian opposition politician poisoned! Hungarian parliament approves a law that bans homosexual propaganda! Polish judges prohibited to refer questions to the European Court of Justice!
It seems then that authoritarianism is on the rise in former communist Europe. This seminar will take us through all relevant aspects of authoritarianism. It will start with a conceptual background, where we will examine what authoritarianism really is, how it is built, and what the different regime types are. We will then move to look at tactics of repression, but also margins for opposition politics. From there we will zoom into the digital realm and investigate together how authoritarian regimes use the digital space for their goals, but equally how these spaces can be an opportunity for political activism. We will use this as a springboard to tackle three additional aspects in the last third of the seminar. First, what are the relationships between “the West” and authoritarianism in post-communist Europe? How is it that countries which joined the EU started backsliding afterwards and what role does anti-Westernism play in authoritarian discursive strategies? Second, how come authoritarian regimes specifically target gender studies and feminist activists? What is the relationship between masculinist fantasies, authoritarian leaders, and by extension, the far-right beyond post-communist Europe? This will be the link for the final aspect: should we be focusing on post-communist Europe or should we go beyond? Is the rise of authoritarianism connected to historical legacies and path dependencies or are there far too many similarities with authoritarian tendencies, elsewhere in the world?
Throughout the seminar we will focus on Russia, Belarus, Poland, Hungary and the Western Balkans, especially Serbia.
Lernziele By the end of the seminar:
- Students will be able to classify and assess different types of authoritarianism in post-communist Europe.
- They will understand how it operates in terms of repressive and controlling mechanisms, including in the digital sphere and with particular attention to gender.
- Students will have the tools to critically think about the categories of the West and post-communist Europe and the relationship between the two.
- They will have the ability to discuss and discern authoritarianism beyond the post-communist European space.
Literatur Uploaded weekly to ADAM
Bemerkungen The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.
Please take note:
The first session of the seminar will be held via zoom on 23 September 2021. This session will serve as an information session for students. Please take not that you will have to decide at the end of this session whether you will continue with the seminar for the rest of the term. Since we have only limited places due to Corona restrictions, we want to make sure that places in the seminar are not blocked by people who will not take part in the long run.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Attention:
All Seminars will be graded in the Department of Political Science.
Grading scale 6.0 to 1.0, whereupon 4.0 is a pass.
The number of participants is limited. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.
Please take note:
The first session of the seminar will be held via zoom on 23 September 2021. This session will serve as an information session for students. Please take note that you will have to decide at the end of this session whether you will continue with the seminar for the rest of the term. You need to unsubscribe explicitly via email by Friday September 24th. Since we have only limited places due to Corona restrictions, we want to make sure that places in the seminar are not blocked by people who will not take part in the long run.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 23.09.2021 – 23.12.2021
Zeit Donnerstag, 12.15-13.45 Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 23.09.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr - Online Präsenz -, Zoom
Donnerstag 30.09.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 07.10.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 14.10.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 21.10.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 28.10.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 04.11.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 11.11.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 18.11.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 25.11.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 02.12.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 09.12.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 16.12.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Donnerstag 23.12.2021 12.15-13.45 Uhr Bernoullistrasse 14/16, Seminarraum 02.004
Module Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Forschung und Praxis (Master Studienfach Osteuropäische Geschichte)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studiengang Osteuropa-Studien)
Modul: Gesellschaft in Osteuropa (Bachelor Studienfach Osteuropäische Kulturen)
Modul: Regionaler Fokus M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Transfer: Europa interdisziplinär (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach Soziologie)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The course expects a very high level of active participation. It will make use of the Oxford tutorial format to foster public speaking and the ability to argue in a respectful and engaged manner with each other. Every week two students will write a 1’500-2’000 essay on the topic at hand (depending on the size of the seminar students may have to write two instead of just one essay). They will hand it in beforehand and read each other’s paper. In the seminar, they will first summarize their peer’s argument and then highlight what they liked and where they disagree. Each week we will have a rotating discussant to facilitate the conversation between them (not everyone will get to be a discussant so this role will be allocated on a first come first serve basis). After the panel discussion we will always open the floor in the second part of the seminar for conversation on the papers and beyond with the entire group. Everyone is expected to have done the mandatory readings and to have read both essays to be able to participate in the discussion.
You will therefore be assessed based on the quality of your essay, your presentation and arguing skills as well as in your capacity as a discussant (if applicable) and an active member of the audience who regularly asks questions that bring the conversation forward.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,5
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

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