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150090 SE Political Systems in East Asia (2019W)

7.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 03.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Samstag 19.10. 10:30 - 15:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Freitag 29.11. 14:15 - 17:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Samstag 30.11. 10:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Samstag 14.12. 10:30 - 17:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim of this course is to introduce students to key methodological and theoretical debates that underpin comparative research. This course familiarizes students with some of the main debates in comparative politics such as how to compare political systems, patterns of transformation in East Asian countries, and how to explain democratisation. We study political systems in East Asia with a view to understanding and explaining their differences and similarities with respect to political institutions, the behaviour of key political actors, their policy-making processes and performance. We will compare the political systems and power dynamics in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan, and Singapore.
The seminar is organized in three parts. The first part provides an introduction to system and transformation theory, answering what are states, parties, and civil society. The second part introduces the different political systems in detail. In the third part, students will take immigration policy as exemplary to conduct comparative policy analysis. Overall, the seminar aims at integrating theoretical knowledge as well as its application to specific cases in East Asia.
In accordance with the Curriculum of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), on successful completion of this seminar, students will be able to:
Master the fundamentals of different theories of political systems and be able to apply them to concrete cases
Demonstrate knowledge on current development contemporary East Asian political systems including respective ruling bodies, power structures, institutions, etc.
Conduct comparative analysis of similar cases and understand current and future societal effects of the respective systems
Critically assess the strength and weaknesses of various theoretical and empirical approaches
This is a text based course. That means that everyone is expected to attend the class having completed the required readings, ready to participate. During the first part, a common set of research criteria will be built from these texts. Students are strongly encouraged to research and read additional academic literature, a list for further readings is included in the syllabus. For the second part, students are assigned to prepare short written summary applying the research criteria to a specific East Asian country case. In the third part, the class will develop a comparative analysis building on the already acquired knowledge in a designed interactive learning process. A conclusive session will summarise key findings. Serving as a direct preparation for their individual MA thesis, students will submit a seminar paper on an independently chosen research question, concerned with a particular aspect of political systems in East Asia.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

• Reading and commenting texts, written and in class (20%)
• Written summary political system, 2,000 words (+/- 200 words) (30%)
• Seminar paper, 10,000 words (+/- 500 words) excl. front- and back-matter (cover page, table of content, list of references, appendices, etc.), due 01 March 2020, 11:55 pm (50%)
The course is paired with the Exercise Course Political Systems in East Asia (Nr. 150093 UE) held by Martin Mandl. Participating in both classes simultaneously is highly recommended. The course focuses on academic writing and will assist students in preparing their final papers for this seminar.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Positive grades (grade 4 or better) for all formal requirements as listed under "Assessment (Art der Leistungskontrolle)" are a minimum requirement for passing this course.
The seminar paper is an indispensable component of this seminar, in particular as it serves as a direct preparation for the MA thesis. Students who fail to submit a positive and complete term paper (grade 4 or better) via Moodle until 01 March 2020, 11:55 pm will fail the whole course. The numeric EcoS template for assessment of term papers applies (minimum 43 of 72 points for a positive grade). Late submission and/or formal incompleteness will result in failing the course.
Interactive discussion and student participation is integral to this seminar. Regular participation is mandatory. In case of absence, the following rule applies: The final grade remains unchanged for up to two sessions missed (à 90 minutes). Students will fail the course if absent for three sessions or more. Please note: To ensure a smooth proceeding of the seminar, be on time! Students who are late by more than 10 minutes will not be signed in on the attendance list.
For the written summaries, please upload a pdf document until November 22, 11.55 pm in Moodle.
Grading is based on a "continuous assessment of coursework" (Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung). Repetition of individual assessment criteria, therefore, is not possible.
General Rules of Good Academic Practice apply. Non-compliance will result in legal measures according to the regulations of the University of Vienna.
All minimum requirements and assessment criteria will be discussed during the first class. Questions related to the minimum requirements and assessment criteria should be raised during the first meeting. By continuing this course, students automatically accept all minimum requirements and assessment criteria and confirm their understanding thereof. Therefore, attendance at the first class is mandatory. Absence at the first meeting will lead to automatic de-registration from this course.


By means of reading and discussing specialised texts, students gather or deepen their knowledge of main theories of political systems. On this basis, a comparative analysis of the current situation in East Asia is conducted both in class and in term papers.


A complete literature list will be available on Moodle. Students are required to independently research additional literature for in-class discussions and term papers.
Following books are recommended and available from University of Vienna Library:
Boix, Carles and Stokes, Susan C. (Ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
Caramani, Daniele (Ed.): Comparative Politics. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Hayes, Louis D: Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan. Armonk: Sharpe, 2012.
Lye, Liang Fook; Hofmeister, Wilhelm (Hg.) (2011): Political Parties, Party Systems, and Democratization in East Asia. Singapore, Hackensack, N.J: World Scientific
For readers of German: Derichs, Claudia and Thomas Heberer (Eds.): Die politischen Systeme Ostasiens: Eine Einführung [The Political Systems of East Asia: An Introduction]. 3rd ed. Wiesbaden: Springer, 2013.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:20