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PS313 - COMPARATIVE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAR EAST...

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COMPARATIVE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAR EAST Political Science 790:313:01 Spring Semester, 2009 Benjamin A. Peters Class Meetings [email protected] Tues., 11:30-12:50pm Office Hours: Thurs., 12-2pm Fri., 11:30-12:50pm Kreeger Learning Center Murray Hall 111 Course Description The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory knowledge of political development in the Far East, specifically China, Japan, and the Koreas. The historical parameters of our study are the late 1800s through the present. Through the readings and other course materials students will learn about the historical circumstances of modern political development in the Far East, develop a working familiarity of the political system of each particular case, and analyze the relations between the state and society in each country. We will also undertake comparative analyses of nationalism and collective identity, political economies, and political cultures. The course will conclude with a unit in which we assess the current international climate in the Far East including the prospects for Korean reunification, Japanese nationalism and militarization, migration in the region, and the rise of China. Required Texts 1. Louis D. Hayes. Introduction to Japanese Politics . New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2004. Bruce Cummings. Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History . New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. Tony Saich. Governance and Politics of China . New York: Palgrave, 2004. All texts are available for purchase at the Rutgers University Bookstore at the Ferren Mall, One Penn Plaza, New Brunswick. 2. Other required readings for this class are available online where indicated or on electronic reserve . To access electronic reserves, choose the “Find Reserves” option on the left-hand side of the RU Libraries homepage and then enter my last name and course title. It is your responsibility to access and read the assigned materials before each class. Course Requirements and Grading Because this class serves as an introduction to a broad field of research literature, we will analyze a wide variety of texts as well as three films during the course of the semester. Keeping up with the readings and attending class faithfully is essential to satisfactory completion of the course. The purpose of our twice- weekly meeting time is to analyze and discuss our course materials in a systematic and analytically precise manner. Class attendance and participation is one component of your evaluation and counts for 5% of your grade for the semester. To receive full credit for attendance and participation, students will attend class regularly and actively contribute to the class. Actively contributing to the class can include asking informed questions, answering questions that I pose to the class, engaging in amiable discussion and debate, and drawing the connections between theoretical aspects of the material and concrete examples.
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