KSCB166 Elections and Campaigns in Taiwan’s Democracy

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Prof. Jonathan Sullivan (lecturer), Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D.
Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
KSCB166/01: each odd Monday 10:00–11:40 B2.44, each odd Tuesday 10:00–11:40 B2.41, each odd Wednesday 10:00–11:40 B2.41, each odd Thursday 12:00–13:40 B2.23, each odd Friday 16:00–17:40 B2.51
KSCB166/02: each odd Monday 12:00–13:40 B2.44, each odd Tuesday 18:00–19:40 B2.21, each odd Wednesday 16:00–17:40 B2.21, each odd Thursday 14:00–15:40 B2.23, each odd Friday 14:00–15:40 B2.32
KSCA013 History of China II || KSCA028 History of Modern China || KSCB004 History and Culture of Taiwan

Mon: 10.00 B2.44; 12.00 B2.44
Tue: 10.00 B2.41; 18.00 B2.21
Wed: 10.00 B2.41; 16.00 B2.21
Thu: 12.00 B2.23; 14.00 B2.23
Fri: 10.00 B2.41; 12.00 B2.42
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 45 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 21/45, only registered: 0/45, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/45
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the important place of elections and campaigns in Taiwan’s democratization and their role in the functioning of Taiwanese democracy today. It is offered in advance of jointly convened Presidential and Legislative elections in January 2020. In addition to explaining the importance of elections to the democratization process, the course will introduce students to the way that campaigns are conducted, how parties organize and communicate, covering the strategies employed in past and present campaigns. Using primary documents, including campaign advertising and digital media communications, the course will introduce students to issues around research design, methods and data for studying election campaigning in Taiwan.
  • Day 1: Introduction to Taiwanese political development with a focus on electoral politics and political communications
  • Day 2: History of elections and campaigns in Taiwan and discussion of different methods used to study them
  • Day 3: Research design & practice, including identifying a research question, designing an empirical study, sampling, locating appropriate primary data, data management etc, with example applications to Taiwanese politics
  • Day 4: Overview of discourse analysis, content Analysis, computer-assisted text analysis with example studies of Taiwanese elections and campaigns, presidential discourse and media
  • Day 5: Introduction to electronic data used to study Taiwanese politics plus student-centred guided analysis using primary source data
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Assessment of the course will centre around an opportunity for students to design and implement their own guided mini-study of campaign materials.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Teacher's information
The course will take place during the last week of the semester - December 16-20. Intensive course 2 times a day.

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