East Asian Languages & Cultures | Japan in Comparative Politics
E505 | 1532 | Kasza


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.

Credit given for only one of EALC E505 (with this topic) and POLS Y657.