Japanese Politics University of Tsukuba
The objective of this course is to help students better understand Japanese politics using the tools and theories of political science. The target of this course is advanced undergraduate students who would like to study Japanese politics in a rigorous manner and/or who would like to study Political Science using Japan as a case. To this end, this course covers a variety of topics including Japanese party politics, policymaking, political institutions, corruption, and gender and politics, during the fairly stable ``1955 System'' of Liberal Democratic Party dominance as well as the more recent and turbulent Heisei era. Students are expected to develop substantive knowledge of contemporary Japan. Moreover, students are expected to understand and critically evaluate the various tools and theories that are used to explain Japanese politics.
By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to understand, evaluate, and explain some of the key findings in the studies of Japanese politics. Also, they are encouraged to find their own research idea that contributes to this literature.
Through the course readings and weekly assignments, students will learn how to write academic papers as well as how to critically eavaluate them. The course readings involve different types of approach and method that are used in social sciences. In-class discussion is an opportunity for students to learn how to effectively deliver their own thoughts as well as how to exchange ideas with others.
No course is required, but it is preferable that participants take or have taken "Politics and Society". Students who completed "Fundamentals of Japanese Studies" in Spring 2018 cannot register for this course.
- In-Class Participation (30%)
- Weekly Assignments (40%)
- Final Paper (30%)
Online Course Requirement
Open in an even number year.
Open in even number years.
Lecture is conducted in English.
Students who completed "Fundamentals of Japanese Studies (BE21101)" in AY2018 cannot register. Class Attendance:
Although attendance does not factor explicitly in your grade, to do well in this course it is important that you come to class regularly. Most importantly, if you miss class meetings more than three times (i.e., four times or more), your grade becomes D (Fail) regardless of your performance. This is a university rule that I will follow strictly, and therefore I will take attendance at the beginning of each class.
Students with Disabilities
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Course Materials Copyright and Plagiarism Statement
The handouts used in this course are copyrighted. By "handouts," I mean all materials generated for this class, which include but are not limited to syllabuses, quizzes, exams, lab problems, in-class materials review sheets, and additional problem sets. Because these are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts, unless I expressly grant permission.
As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own the ideas, words, writings, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with the definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have the permission of the person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated.
Site for Inquiry
Please inquire about the courses at the address below.
Contact person: Katsunori Seki
Link to the syllabus provided by the university