Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
| This course examines theories and approaches in political studies. Theories and approaches are important because our understanding of 'reality' always depends on our theoretical and/or conceptual framework.
While cases referred to in this course will be ones of advanced democracies including Japan, it is also possible to apply theories examined in this course to developing countries.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
|- Students will be able to understand characteristics and differences of theories and approaches in political studies
- Students will be able to develop ability to apply theories both for examining and for explaining political events.
Course Content / Plan
|The following theories and approaches will be examined in the classes.
2. What Is Politics?
4. Critiques of Pluralism
6. Neo-Marxist Theories of the State
7. Power Resource Theory and Comparative Welfare States
8. Critiques of the Power Resource Theory
9. New Institutionalisms
10. Ideas and Discourse in Political Analysis
11. Normative Democratic Theory
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Grading between A+ to F (for 2nd year students) or between S to F (for Students in 3rd year and above) is based on the sum of 1) several 'response comments' during the term (20%) and 2) final essay (80%). Please refer to the Student Handbook for details of the grading standard and a pass mark.|
|No textbook is assigned. Instead of it, detailed handouts are offered.
|Main reference books include:
- Dryzek, John S. and Patrick Dunleavy (eds.) (2009) Theories of the Democratic State, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Marsh, David and Gerry Stoker (eds.) (2010) Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3rd Edition, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Hay, Colin, Michael Lister and David Marsh (eds.) (2006) The State: Theories and Issues, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Held, david (2006) Models of Democracy, 3rd Edition, Polity Press.
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Students are expected to review the class content after the lecture.|
Notice for Students
|This course might be conducted by remote-style due to the Covid-19 effect. The related information will let you know through the NUCT system.|
Lecture format, etc.
Additional measures for remote class (on-demand class)