Theory of Political Processes

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theory of Political Processes

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This course surveys a variety of topics and theories of Political Process. Basically, this course handles with the political process of democracy. But it also covers the political process of authoritarian regime for a comparison. This course is divided into roughly two parts. First part is Mobilization and Participation which covers political culture, political communication, political participation, political parties, elections, and voters. Second part is Government and governance which covers governance, legislatures, political executive, bureaucracy, and the policy process. The goal of this course is to help student understand substantive themes with core concepts and theoretical approaches.


    • Class Participation and Attendance (10%): Students are expected to complete the required readings before the class. Active students? participation is essential for the success of this class. Because you cannot participate if you are absent, class attendance is important. When you are absent, you will get -1 point. Two late arrivals will count as one absence.
    • In-class Mid-term Exam (40%): Based on assigned readings and lectures, the mid-term exam will consist of short, simple questions and an essay.
    • In-class Final Exam (50%): Based on assigned readings and lectures, the final exam will consist of short, simple questions and an essay.


    • Hague, Rod and Martin Harrop. 2013. Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan, 9th revised edition.
    • Dryzek, John S. and Patrick Dunleavy. 2009. Theories of the Democratic States. Palgrave Macmillan.
    • 1 or 2 articles related with the theme will be provided for each week.



    Week 1: Course Introduction
    Dryzek and Dunleavy, chap. 1.

    Week 2: Democracy and Authoritarian Rule
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 3,4.
    Dryzek and Dunleavy, chap. 2.

    Week 3: Political Culture
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 6

    Week 4: Political Communication
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 7

    Week 5: Political participation
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 8

    Week 6: Political Party (I)
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 10

    Week 7: Political Party (II)
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 10

    Week 8: Mid-term exam week

    Week 9: Elections and Electoral System
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 11
    Dryzek and Dunleavy, chap. 7

    Week 10: Voters (Tuesday, Children?s day)
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 12

    Week 11: Governance
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 14
    Dryzek and Dunleavy, chap. 6.

    Week 12: Legislature
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 15

    Week 13: The Political Executive
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 16

    Week 14: The Bureaucracy
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 17

    Week 15: The Policy Process
    Hague and Harrop, chap. 18

    Week 16: Final exam week

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