The Department of Political Science is one of the leading political science communities in Taiwan . Our faculty represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds, methodologies and approaches. We have strength in teaching and research not only in the four fields of political science comparative politics, international relations, public policy, and civic education, but also in the areas of qualitiative and quantitative methodology, and political economy.
(1) General Information
Compared with the same department of other universities, the Department and Graduate Institute of Political Science of National Chung-Cheng University is virtually still at its young age--- young, potential, vibrant and prospective. The department only started its master programme in 1993, its undergraduate programme in 1998, while the doctoral programme is scheduled to start in 2002. It also offers masters courses for students of continue education and organises on-job training courses for local government officials. Thanks to the efforts of all the staff, the department develops into a full-fledged research and teaching centre within less than ten years and accounts for one of the leading academies of political science in Southern Taiwan.
The department has been highly admired for its superb environment as well. The students not only have the luxury to enjoy the scenic campus of National Chung-Cheng University, but also the privilege to get access to well-equipped research facilities, such as purpose-built classrooms, internet-linked computer rooms, public opinion research centre, as well as the ever expanding departmental and university libraries. There are currently 13 full-time teaching staff, whose cutting-edge researches have already won reputation in the field of political science.
(2) course introduction
The Department offers a broad range of programmes covering the four main areas in the academic study of Politics: comparative politics, international relations, civic education and public administration and policy. The courses are designed to meet the needs of various levels of students and aimed to expose students to current issues, theories, approaches and debates in the discipline/sub-disciplines of Politics and to provide comprehensive training in different aspects of normative and empirical political science and prepare students for careers involving this expertise.
Module I: Comparative Politics
This module provides a strong conceptual and empirical understanding of comparative politics, while also assesses several key topics in the ROC government and politics. It looks at institutions and phases of development of democracy in Taiwan and emphasizes the academic controversies about how to interpret all these developments. It also examines whether and how the authority would be devolved in this newly democratised politics, and the development of local politics (in particular politics in Chia-yiand Yun-lin area). This module further discusses current political and economic development in China, which shall have profound impact on the future of Taiwan, and regional and global power structures.
Module II: International Relations
The central theme of this programme is to introduce the study of international relations and analyze the way in which states and other institutions interact, with specific reference to the ROC and its foreign relations, which has been a contested issue in the ROC and world politics. This module seeks to examine the means and the extent to which the ROC could normalize its relations with the rest of the world. It considers the development of the ROCs foreign relations on the basis of perspectives of geopolitics and global economic co-operation --- whether the ROC could break out of diplomatic isolation with its geopolitical significance in the Asia-Pacific area and with its critical role in world economy.
Module III: Public Administration and Public Policy
This module explores the principal theories of public administration and policy-making, seeking to identify the approaches to improve the functions of public sectors in Taiwan. It focuses on assessing the political and fiscal relations between the central and local governments (in particular local governments in South Taiwan); examining governmental organizations and personnel management; and studying cases of public policies and administration. This programme also sets discussions on industrial policies in the context of economic and industrial development in Taiwan and arranges practice training in the public sector to equip students with best skills and knowledge in their future career.
Module IV: Civic Education
(3) Career prospect for the students
What can I do in the future? ---- is another most frequently asked question by students and their parents. Political Science does not offer a survival kit for budding politicians; their skills are learned on the job. Instead, the academic study of politics is a tradition of enquiry into these and other aspects of life, and the identification of assumptions that lie behind claims and arguments. A creditable degree exploring some of these dimensions is a certificate of maturity, the ability to think constructively and creatively about where and how you want to contribute yourself, and a grasp of the function and development of organisations and institutions. Students of political science thus are never tied to a narrow vocational path.
Therefore students of the degree appeal to employers from different sectors, from marketing, banking, social work, personnel management, further education, librarianship, teaching, radio, journalism, to armed forces and the civil service. Whatever the profession being chosen, the experience of the degree provides students such directions they are prepared to go in, as well as the requisite skills for such occupations.