Multiparty elections have become common around the world, but many of those elections are affected by violent conflict between the parties competing for power. This Junior Seminar examines three broad questions related to electoral violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia. First, the course explores the political, economic, and sociological factors precipitating the outbreak of electoral violence. Second, it examines the strategies pursued by the international community to minimize the outbreak and duration of electoral violence. Third, it studies the consequences of electoral violence in countries where the future of democracy remains in doubt.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.
This junior seminar falls within the "Comparative Politics" subfield, and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS in Phase II. Selection and notification will occur around January 14, 2013. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar.