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Semester 1

Korean Politics and International Relations (ASST10155)


Asian Studies





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Visiting students must have a strong background in the subject area, equivalent to 4th year UoE degree students. You must contact the course organiser for the course to seek their permission to enrol in the course, then send that written confirmation to the Visiting Student Office for consideration.

Course Summary

The course aims to introduce students to Korean politics and international relations in East Asia. The course first provides the overview of domestic politics of Korea and comparative perspectives with East Asian countries during the 20th and early 21st centuries paying attention to state formation, regime types, party systems, democratisation, political culture, and political economy. The course gradually moves on to developments in the international politics of East Asia. Here the interplay between external and regional powers is analysed, alongside the foreign policies of the main actors in the region.

Course Description

The course introduces students to the politics and international relations of Korea and East Asia. The course is divided in two parts. The first part of the course covers issues of state building, regime types, democratization, political culture, and economic development, including state-led development and the post-Asian crisis period. The second part of the course explores the regional and global dimension more in depth, by looking at the interaction between the two Koreas and their neighbours (China, Japan, Taiwan) as well as other players (primarily the United States). Special attention is also given to trends in Asian Regionalism (politics, security, and economy), soft power, and globalization.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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