June Lecture Course by Dafydd Fell in Heidelberg: Government and Politics in Taiwan

Posted on May, 18 2012

Dr Dafydd Fell of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies will be teaching a lecture course on Government and Politics in Taiwan at Heidelberg University from June 25-July 2, 2012.

The course seeks to examine the political processes that have shaped the Republic of China on Taiwan since 1949, with particular emphasis on the last two decades, and the evolution and the future prospects of its external relations. Units on Taiwan’s domestic politics will address a variety of issues, including the island’s democratic transition, Taiwan’s party and electoral politics, the quality of its democracy, competing national identities in Taiwan’s politics, the role of new social movements and the formulation of public policy under democracy. There will also be coverage of Taiwan’s external relations during and since the Cold War.

The course will use Taiwan as a test case for political science theories and frameworks. Although the course focuses on Taiwan, students will be encouraged to bring to bear a comparative approach in their investigation and analysis of its politics. Political developments in Taiwan will be compared with those that have taken place in mainland China and other developing countries, as well as in new democracies. Political processes in different time periods of contemporary Taiwanese history – for example, before and after democratization and changes of ruling parties - will also be compared.

If you or any of your students are interested in joining the programme please contact the administrator Truong, Hanni at: hanni.truong@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

Course Schedule

1. Introduction to Taiwanese Politics and Cross-Strait Relations (June 25, 9-11)

2. Authoritarian Rule: The Politics of Martial Law Taiwan and its Cold War external relations (June 25, 11-13)

3. Democratization in Taiwan (June 25, 14-16)

4. Nation Building and Competing National Identities (June 26, 9-11)

5. Taiwan’s external relations after democratization: Cross-Strait Relations and International Space (June 26, 11-13)

6. Electoral Politics and Voting Behaviour (June 28, 9-11)

7. Inter-Party Politics and Changing Party System (June 28, 11-13)

8. Public Policy and Political Corruption under Democracy (June 29, 14-16)

9. Social Movements (June 29, 16-18)

10. Changes in Ruling Parties of 2000 and 2008: Causes and Impacts (July 2, 14-16)

11. Conclusions: Taiwan’s 2012 elections and Prospects of Democratic Consolidation (July 2, 16-18)

The course is designed for undergraduate and MA students in Chinese/Asian Studies, political sciences, or international relations, who have a research interest in Taiwan.