On Democracy

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    On Democracy

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    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

    Course Outline
    This course covers a variety of topics, theories and cases of democracy. Basically, this course consists of three parts. First part covers the concept and major theories of democracy. Second part handles with the dynamic of democracy; democratic transition and democratic consolidation. And the final part explores diverse aspects of current democracy. Among many aspects, we will see the relationships between democracy and divided society, democracy and political culture, democracy and economy, and democracy and political institution. As cases, we will study Korean and Taiwanese democracies. The goal of this course is to help student understand substantive and current themes of democracy.

    Course Requirements
    -Class Participation and Attendance (10%)
    -In-class Mid-term Exam (40%): Based on assigned readings and lectures, students are required to write answers to five questions.
    -Take-home Final Exam (50%): Based on assigned readings and lectures, students are required to write a short essay.

    Textbook, Material
    Robert Dahl. 1972. Polyarchy. New Haven: Yale University Press
    Samuel P. Huntington. 1993. The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
    Adam Przeworski. 1995. Sustainable Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel. 2005. Modernization, Culture Change, and Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    and Additional articles

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