[POLS 236] Democracy in East Asia

Examination and comparison of the politics of the three major East Asian democracies: Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, plus the semi-democratic system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Two main comparative themes will include: first, how democratic structures and values in each of the countries fit within the model of majoritarian and consensus democracies; and second, whether or not democracy in each of the three countries reflects so-called “Asian values.”

Course Title

Democracy in East Asia

Course Code

POLS 236



Fulfills Requirements



Prerequisite: Political Science 130 or 235, or any course in Japanese and Korean history, or consent of instructor.


Offered odd years, spring semester.

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