Welfare regimes refer to institutional arrangements governing the creation and allocation of welfare. Welfare regimes analysis is an emergent tradition of scholarship concerned with understanding the determinants and stratification effects of welfare regimes in different geographical and historical settings. Welfare regimes analysis encompasses the study of social policies and their relation to political, economic, and cultural institutions. This course provides a rigorous analysis of welfare regimes and social policies in East Asia. Students will benefit through intense engagements with relevant scholarly and policy literature and will demonstrate their command of course materials through short memos, policy discussions, and a research paper showing a nuanced appreciation of debates concerning welfare regimes and their relation to development in specific regional settings.