Political Science 340

POSC 340
Government and Politics in Asia

Catalog Entry

POSC 340. Government and Politics in Asia. (CG)
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: POSC 130 for non-POSC majors/minors or POSC 130 and POSC 290 for POSC majors/minors.

Comparative study of major Asian powers, China, Japan, India, as well as selected regional powers.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Topics may include:

I. Introduction. A Most Unusual Century: The Conquest of the East By the West
II. China's Response to the West

A. War & Humiliation
B. Self-Strengthening
C. Constitutionalism & Revolution
D. The War Lords
E. Civil War: Phase I
F. Civil War: Phase II
G. The People's Republic of China

1. From the Korean War to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
2. After the GPCR: The Four Modernizations and a Policy Shift

III. Japan's Response to the West

A. Self-Imposed Isolation
B. "Learn From the West"
C. Experiments in Constitutionalism
D. A Foreign Policy of Expansion & Grandeur
E. World War II & the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
F. American Occupation & Japan's Quest For Freedom of Action
G. Japanese Economic Miracle

IV. Beyond Reaction to the West: Japan & the PRC in the 21st Century


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

POSC 340 begins with a survey of Japanese and Chinese political history and a brief look at the cultures of both powers. Then, students study two political institutions of both from the perspective of an Aristotelian typology of regimes. The second half of the course is devoted to student presentations on selected aspects of Japanese or Chinese political life, such as demographic policy or the role of the military.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To provide a survey type knowledge of the political and cultural history of selected Asian powers.
2. To develop a comparative perspective on the powers in 1 (above)
3. To allow students a vicarious glimpse into the political, social, and cultural life of the various peoples and nations of Asia.
4. To give students the chance to do detailed research on one aspect of Asian politics.


Assessment Measures

Students will be graded on essay exams, an illustrated time line, book reviews, an oral presentation, and/or a research paper.


Other Course Information

Special emphasis is placed on use of the library's Foreign Broadcast Information Service microfiche file for research purposes.


Review and Approval

April 1998 Reviewed M. J. Franck, Dept. Chair