Chinese Politics

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chinese Politics

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course covers the politics of the People?s Republic of China (PRC), focusing on the post-Mao period. It first reviews political, economic, and institutional characteristics of the Maoist period and attempts to understand China?s power structure and relations at the top. Focusing on ?market-oriented? economic reform since the late 1970s, this course analyzes why and how particular reform strategies and policies were chosen, why they were successful or unsuccessful, what political and economic problems have been generated by the reform, and how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has responded to such new challenges. It also discusses the prospects for political reform in China and the viability of the ?China model.?

    This course will combine lecture and discussion. Students? active participation is VERY important.
    Course syllabus and readings are available at EKU (
    Readings may be updated. Updates, if any, will be made and announced in advance.


    -Class Attendance and Participation
    1) Attendance is the very basic requirement of this course. Absence without a proper excuse will considerably affect the grade, and 7 or more times of absence without legitimate excuses will automatically result in F.
    2) As a courtesy to the instructor and fellow students, arrive on time. Four late arrivals will be counted as one absence (Late arrival=arrival after the instructor begins to call the roll).
    3) Bring a name plate to each class meeting.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations