Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|Japanese Politics has long been discussed with reference to a set of stereotypes---strong economy versus weak politics, the passive and reactive nature of the political process, a lack of leadership, bureaucracy-led state system, inactive civic sector and the structure of male dominance, to name but a few. In this way, ‘Japan’ has been differentiated from other industrially advanced countries as a political entity.|
This introductory course has two major objectives. First, this course exposes students to basic concepts and theories in the studies of politics. Second, it investigates different aspects of contemporary Japanese politics by utilizing the introduced concepts and theories. In so doing, the students are encouraged to consider if the stereotypes of Japanese politics are still or were ever valid, and if not, to identify how political dynamics actually work in Japan. Such endeavours enable the students to understand in a concrete manner the ways in which 'Japanese' politics shares common qualities with those of other industrially advanced countries while exhibiting ‘uniqueness’.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Course Content / Plan
|1. Introduction: Studying 'Politics' and 'Contemporary Japanese Politics'|
2. Introduction: History: Nation-building of the Japanese State
3. Analyzing parliaments
4. Understanding parliaments in Japan
5. Analyzing the executive
6. Understanding the executive in Japan
7. Debate session
8. Analyzing political parties
9. Understanding political parties in Japan
10. Analyzing elections
11. Understanding elections in Japan
12. Analyzing social movements
13. Understanding social movements in Japan
15 Wrapping up: Understanding Japanese politics
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|1. Debate Paper (20%)|
2. Presentation (20%)
3. Final Paper (60%)
Please refer to the Student Handbook for the grading standard. Each assignment is independently marked out of 100.
|There is no textbook. The reading list will be included in the course outline which will be circulated in the first week.|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|1. Read the assigned readings before class.|
2. Download the lecture slides from NUCT and review the lecture.
Notice for Students
|This course actively uses the NUCT system. Please go to the relevant NUCT site for further information on the 2021 Spring Semester. Students who cannot access the relevant NUCT site should contact the course instructor by email.|
Lecture format, etc.
List of hybrid classes employing both face-to-face and remote teaching methods will be posted in the "News" of the homepage of the Graduate School of Law.
*If there are any changes in the teaching methods after the period of course registration, it will be announced on NUCT.
Additional measures for remote class (on-demand class)
Remote classes are conducted via NUCT. Questions to instructors should be asked using the NUCT "Message" function.
Student discussions will be conducted using the NUCT "Message" function. (If the instructor has added the "Forum" function, the "Forum" can also be used.)
Follow your instructor's directions if your instructor has any other directions.