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Keith Akio Nitta
BIS 338
Bothell Campus

Political Institutions and Processes

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:

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Keith Akio Nitta
Date: 07/18/2011