Charlton 445

Charlton 445 - PO 445/Fall 2008 S.E. Charlton C339 Clark...

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PO 445/Fall 2008 C339 Clark Bldg. ** Tel.: 491-6806 S.E. Charlton COMPARATIVE ASIAN POLITICS This course focuses on the domestic politics of China, India, and Japan, and comparisons between the three countries. Illustrations of political institutions and policy issues in other countries will also be used occasionally. The approach to the course emphasizes the impact of history, culture, government structures, and economic change on political processes. Seven themes link the material: a. the endurance of traditional cultures and their impact on contemporary politics; b. the intermingling of the Asian traditions; c. the influence of Western values and institutions; d. the relationship between economic development and political change; e. the links between individuals and state institutions; f. the importance of nationalism and national identity; and g. the impact of globalization. One goal of the course is to impart information about political institutions and processes in three Asian countries. An equally important goal is to develop analytical skills to aid in the process of comparison , which may be viewed as a methodological approach. Comparisons not only illuminate the significance of specific features of Asian politics, but help us better understand the unique features of American politics. A third goal is to enhance verbal and analytical skills that are important in a variety of settings. Finally, every effort will be made throughout the course to be aware of the cultural and intellectual lenses through which we study and understand the politics of the three "giants" of South and East Asia. ASSIGNMENTS Reading The required reading includes news sources, a core politics textbook, and articles on electronic reserve (ER) through the CSU library. The book may be purchased at the CSU bookstore. In addition, there will be reading connected with each of the writing assignments described below. The text is: Sue Ellen Charlton, Comparing Asian Politics: India, China and Japan (Boulder: Westview Press, 2004). Writing The writing assignments are designed to develop different kinds of knowledge, skills, and perspectives that will be useful in life after this course. Think of the assignments as the contents of a portfolio that highlights your strengths (much as artists compile portfolios of their work). While all of the assignments draw on and help develop more than one skill, the exams and essays are tailored with specific goals in mind. Note that there are more extensive guidelines for the essays beginning on p. 6. Exams There are two types of exams: 1. Quizzes: Reading Comprehension; Knowledge Base There will be four quizzes, three of which will be included in the calculation of the final course grade. The lowest grade of the four quizzes will be dropped. There are no make-ups on the quizzes. If you miss a quiz, you receive a grade of zero (0) on that quiz and the grade will be dropped as your lowest grade. Please do not skip a quiz; if you fall ill later in the semester and have to miss a quiz, you could be out two quiz grades.
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