We have four grades for bachelor's degree, four grades for master's degree, two grades for in-service master's degree. In terms of faculty, we have 13 full-time professors and 1 jointly appointed professor. The teaching area contains four groups: comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and civil society. The master program consists of four fields: comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and public opinion and survey research.
The direction and key points of each group are as follows:
"Comparative politics" focuses on: Why do different countries possess different political features? While some countries can successfully transform themselves from authoritarian regime into democracy, why do other countries encounter many setbacks in this transformation process? While some countries successfully develop their economy, why do other countries fail? Why do some countries maintain stability and peace, while other countries face civil war from time to time? What are the factors that influence the different kinds of democratization, economic development, and political stability in different countries? These issues are the main concerns for scholars of comparative politics. The field of comparative politics will explore these issues from different perspectives, such as historical development, political culture, political institutions, and the relationship between politics and economy. Our courses and research will focus on these theories and studies, allowing us to gain a deeper understanding of political phenomena. The knowledge acquired from comparative politics can help students who want to work in journalism, political practice, academic research, non-governmental organizations, and civic education.
The study of “International Relations” aims to enhance students' understanding of international relations and cultivate students' ability to analyze international relations. When we see war, poverty, disease, human rights, refugees, trade, and current affairs in the media, what are the implications of these events? And these events are caused by what factors at the individual, domestic, and international level? The development of analytical ability in international relations will help students pursue careers in the public sector, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Security Bureau, and Investigation Bureau of Ministry of Justice.
Students can also choose to work in the private sector, such as journalism, congressional assistants, banks, and nonprofit organizations. Or, students can pursue graduate studies or work in international organizations.
The courses of this group involve two aspects: public administration and public policy. “Public administration” cultivates students’ administrative and management abilities in government or nonprofit organizations, such as crisis management, financial management, human resource management, and so on. “Public policy” fosters students’ ability to analyze public policy. The debates on education, economy, culture, environmental protection, and other policies we often see in the media are related to the training of policy analysis. These skills can help students pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or the management of private sector.
The group of civil society is the youngest one in the department. It aims to pursue the realization of civil society. Don't we live in a civil society? Why does civil society constitute a goal for us to pursue? Although we are all citizens, the meaning of civil society broadly includes freedom, equality, human rights, democracy, respect, pluralism, tolerance, and even identity. Each concept contains extremely complex discourse and thinking, for which students need to study. Students who study “civil society” can not only cultivate their competency of political science but also become Civics teachers in high school (with the training in the Civics teacher program of the Teacher Training Center of this university). Students can also work as congressional assistants or journalists, devote themselves into non-profit organizations, and study for master and doctor degrees.
The Graduate Institute of Political Science has set up a group of “public opinion and survey research”, an area focusing on both theoretical exploration and practice in political science. Through the complete training of public opinion survey, we can not only cultivate the professionals of public opinion survey in Taiwan but also attract students who are interested in further study of research methods.