Keith Akio Nitta
Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:
Comparative politics: national political structures, political ideologies, and political parties. The United States and Japan will provide the primary cases to be investigated.
Student learning goals
Critically analyze theoretical frameworks for investigating the structure and function of formal political institutions
Critically analyze political and policy processes by applying readings and discussions to contemporary policy issues.
Develop speaking and writing skills through policy memos, policy presentations, classroom disucssions, and electronic discussions.
General method of instruction
Lecture, classroom discussion, case study discussions, and electronic discussions
Class assignments and grading
Policy memos, discussion board posts, class contribution, and a final exam
Contribution to in-class and electronic discussions, understanding of key course concepts, quality of analysis, clarity of writing