SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Elections, Social Movements and Gender in Taiwan

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Term 1

This module will address the domestic politics and society of Taiwan. It will do this through the lens of elections, social movements and gender. After briefly introducing Taiwan’s modern political history the focus will be on contemporary Taiwan since democratization. We will consider how useful political science theories and frameworks are for understanding political processes in Taiwan. A range of case studies will be examined on topics such as explaining electoral outcomes, social movement impact and changing gender rights.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Teach students to evaluate and ‘test’ a broad range of concepts and theories on Taiwan
  • Show students how to present ideas and explore important concepts in writing and through presentations.
  • Teach students skills in political analysis
  • Build up students’ detailed knowledge of the domestic politics of Taiwan


2 hours lecture per week

1 hour Seminar per week

Scope and syllabus

1.Elections, social movements and Gender under Authoritarian Rule:
2.Democratization: Theory and Practice

3.Electoral Politics and Voting Behavior 

4.Party Politics
5.Gender and Political Representation
6.Competing national identities.
7.Electoral and Party Politics 2000-2012

8.Electoral and Party Politics 2012-2020

9.Student, Environmental and Labour Movements

10.Feminist and LGBTQ Rights Movements

11.Local and Indigenous Politics

Method of assessment

Assessment is 90% coursework (one 1000 word essay and one 4000 word essay) and 10% oral presentation.

Suggested reading

  • Dafydd Fell: (2018) Government and Politics in Taiwan
  • Gunter Schubert (2016) Routledge Handbook of Comtemporary Taiwan
  • Rigger, Shelley (1999). “Voting for Democracy (chapter 1).” Politics in Taiwan: Voting For Democracy. London: Routledge
  • Jonathan Sullivan, Chun-Yi Lee (eds) (2018), A New Era in Democratic Taiwan 
  • Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and Cross-Strait Relations
  • Ming-sho Ho, (2018) “Taiwan’s Road to Marriage Equality: Politics of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage”, The China Quarterly, pp. 1-22, SOAS University of London
  • Dafydd Fell ed (2017). Social Movements in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou


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