East Asian Politics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    East Asian Politics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level INTP or POLS or (ASIA) points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course introduces students to politics and government in East Asia. It focuses primarily on China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and examines the political history and culture, major institutions and policy processes, economic and social development, and foreign policies of these countries. 100% internal assessment. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. develop a good understanding of how the political system has evolved, how government is
    organised and how politics actually operates in East Asian countries, in the wider
    international context of politics and government.
    2. recognise and understand key concepts and theoretical perspectives in literature on East
    Asian politics and use them effectively in discussion and research;
    3. identify and analyse issues in East Asian politics, and organize research and develop
    argument/thesis on them;
    4. locate relevant information and materials for original research on East Asian politics.

    First essay- 20%
    First in-class test- 25%
    Second essay- 30%
    Second in-class test- 25%

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