Donald C Hellmann
POL S 435
Government and politics of Japan with emphasis on the period since 1945. Recommended: JSIS A 242. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 435.
Description: This course will focus on the politics and government of post-war Japan with particular emphasis on the foreign policy-making process and Japans role in the global political economy. A comparative orientation is emphasized in the course so that major issues and problems discussed in the Japanese context can be compared with problems common to Western industrial nations and with the changing features of the post-cold war political economy.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts: The following paperback text is required reading and is available for purchase at the University Book Store: T. Ishida and E. Krauss, Democracy in Japan. A collection of other readings is posted on electronic reserve. All will be available in printed form on reserve in the East Asian Library. For those with little or no background on Japan, the purchase of Kenneth Pyles The Making of Modern Japan is strongly recommended. It will also be on reserve at the East Asia Library.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: There will be a midterm and final examination, with an optional term paper.
Grading: Exams (Final): 67%, Papers (Midterm): 33%