Political Science 343

POSC 343
Asian Politics (CG)

1. Catalog Entry

POSC 292
Political Science Careers

Credit hours (3)
Prerequisite: POSC 231 or permission of instructor

Examination of political systems of selected Asian countries. Special emphasis on the challenges of development, democracy, and nation-building in the post-World War II era.

2. Detailed Description of Course

This course covers political systems across Asia from India through Southeast Asia to Japan.  Students come to understand state v. market-led development strategies, democratic v. authoritarian systems in Asia, as well as the difficulties of nation-building in late states.

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course provides a survey of the domestic politics of the Asian region.  The course is organized into five parts.  
    1) Introduction of the course, its aims, requirements, and structure.  
    2) Consideration of the historical background of government and politics in Asia by looking at pre-colonial systems of government,
        encounters with the West, colonialism, and national liberation movements.  
    3) Survey of politics in selected Asian nations.  Generally, this section of the course moves country by country.  However, country
        studies are intended to introduce broader issues in comparative politics for consideration.  
    4) Examination of Asian modes of economic development.  
    5) Exploration of the foreign policies of major Asian powers: China, Japan, and India.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

    1) Students will gain an understanding of the operation of Communist mass movements.
    2) Students will develop their abilities to find information, consume it critically, and apply it effectively.  
    3) Students will demonstrate the ability to express their ideas orally.

5. Assessment Measures

May include:
    1) Role playing.
    2) Oral presentation.  
    3) Students will demonstrate the ability to express their ideas orally (Oral presentation).

6. Other Course Information

None

Review and Approval

June 15, 2015