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Korean Politics Through Film (CEAS206): Government

This course explores the contemporary politics of Korea through academic sources and films. Students will discover how the tumultuous history of modern Korea has contributed to the present political conditions in South and North Korea.

Government & Politics in South Korea

 Government of South Korea: The government of South Korea divides into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The Constitution of the Republic of Korea determines the structure of the South Korean government.

  • Legislative branch: Parties in the 20th National Assembly ( 4.13 총선) 정당별 총 의석 수 -- 20대

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    20대 총선 의석
Group (정당) Floor Leader Seats (지역구) 비례 Total Seats (전체)
Saenuri Party (새누리당) 이정현 105 17 122
The Minju Party 더불어민주당 추미애 110 13 123
The People's Party 국민의당 박지원 25 13 38
Justice's Party 정의당 심상정 2 4 6
Independents 무소속/기타   11   11
합계   253 47 300
  • Executive branch: The president heads the executive branch. The President serves a single five-year term, with no additional term allowed. Park Geun-hye (박근혜) is the eleventh and current President of South Korea.
    List of Presidents of South Korea
  • Judicial branch: The judicial branch refers to the national authority that exercises judicial power separate from the administrative and the legislative branch. The judicial branch includes the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court.



Ministries & Agencies