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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: POSC 353
Course Title: Asian Politics
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Analysis of the government and politics of selected Asian countries and their  economic and social systems. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. 

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition
By Dreyer, June Teufel (Longman)
Comparing Asian Politics: India, China, and Japan
By Charlton, Sue Ellen (Westview Press)
Contemporary Japan
By McCargo, Duncan (Palgrave)
Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea and Japan
By Hayes, Louise D. (M.E. Sharpe)
Global Studies: China
By Ogden, Suzanne, ed. (Dushkin/McGraw-Hill)
Global Studies: Japan and Pacific Rim
By Collingwood, Dean, ed. (Dushkin/McGraw-Hill)
Understanding China
By John Bryan Starr (Hill and Wang)
Politices in Pacific Asia
By Xiaoming Huang (Palgrave)
Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s
By Jeff Kingston (Wiley-Blackwell)
The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in thte Failed Stalinist Utopia
By Andrei Lankov (Oxford)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the significant historical and cultural features that have shaped the development of East Asian societies
  2. Identify and define the role and function of governmental institutions and political processes in China, Japan and select Asian countries.
  3. Outline and explain the process of economic development in China, Japan and select Asian countries.
  4. Define the foreign policy goals and constraints of China and Japan and their role in international relations.
  5. Identify and integrate appropriate secondary sources into an analysis of contemporary Asian politics.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. This requirement may be satisfied by a single paper of twelve pages in length or more, properly cited, or by multiple assignments of equivalent length.

It is expected that instructors will cover the politics of Japan and China. Individual instructors may add additional Asian countries to study. Instructors should address the historical and cultural context of each country's politics, their key political institutions, the process of politics and their foreign relations.

  • Impact of colonialism on Asia.
  • Significant periods in modern Japanese history, such as the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Meiji Restoration, World War II and the American occupation.
  • Significant periods of modern Chinese history, including interaction with western nations, the fall of the Chinese empire, the Chinese civil war, the war with Japan, the Communist rule of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
  • Functioning of governmental institutions in Japan, China, and other Asian countries selected by the instructor.
  • Role of significant political actors in Japan and China, such as the role of political parties, organized interests, etc.
  • Political culture of Japan and China and other selected countries.
  • Economic development and policies of Japan, China and other Asian countries.
  • Foreign policy goals, challenges and constraints on China and Japan.
  • Prospects for democratization in Asia.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Brian Kessel Date: April 15, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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