Political Science | Japan in Comparative Politics
Y657 | 3803 | Kasza

This course is cross listed with E505
The field of Japanese politics has suffered from insularity in both
Japanese and American scholarship.  In this course, each student will
do a research paper comparing some aspect of Japanese politics to the
politics of another country or countries.  There will be great
flexibility in the choice of topics.  Some possibilities would be the
party system, voting patterns, corruption, political development, an
interest group (business, labor, students, farmers), women in
politics, or a field of public policy (welfare, environment,
education, industry, technology).  The only limitation will be the
availability of research materials in a language accessible to the
student.  We will read jointly for 5-6 weeks, then each student will
present his/her research findings to the class.
The course is not aimed only at Japan specialists.  It also offers
students with expertise on
other countries an opportunity to incorporate Japan into their
comparative research.  We
will review the hazards of doing cross-national comparisons and
strategies to overcome
them throughout the course.