POL3111 - Democracy and Democratization

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2017/18

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to:

  • examine the basic features of democracy: its definitions, causes of emergence, strengths and problems
  • discover and discuss the global spread of democracies in the late twentieth century;
  • apply the concept to controversial questions like whether democracy can promote human rights, whether there is a basic conflict between Confucian ethos and democracy, whether democracy leads to a welfare-state, and whether democracy is favourable or unfavourable to economic development;
  • evaluate critically evaluate the democratic development of some of the following East Asian societies: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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