The Way of the Dictator (3017GIR)

This course lifts the curtain on the intriguing, frightening and sometimes amusing world of modern dictatorships. The topics covered aim to familiarise students with the most pertinent issues in comparative authoritarianism: What is a dictatorship? What are the different types of dictatorship? How do dictators come to power? How do they consolidate power? How do they maintain power? How do they lose power? What happens to the regime after they leave office? In answering these questions, the course deliberately draws attention to the varying reasons why some authoritarian regimes collapse very quickly and others endure for decades. Using all regions of the world as a focus, it seeks to separate the "dumb" dictators from the "smart" dictators. Given recent and ongoing increases in the number of dictatorships around the world, the course is particularly timely for students. Prerequisites: NIL Co-requisites: NIL Incompatibles: NIL

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Gold Coast Trimester 2Nathan Trimester 3

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
29 October 2018
Last day to add a course
11 November 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
25 November 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
23 December 2018

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Seminar
Seminar (71379) Open Monday 10:00 - 12:50
Weeks 1 - 8, 9 - 12
G39 1.17
Science and Engineering
Gold Coast Campus