- Code ASIA8017
- Unit Value 6 units
This graduate-level seminar course allows students to deepen their knowledge of politics in Asia while becoming familiar with some of the major theoretical and methodological approaches in comparative political research. The diverse topics covered in the class are unified by a concern with how political power is organized and how it is used. Students will look at issues such as regime change, identity politics, and social conflict. The course will focus on the use of qualitative research methods used in the study of comparative politics and will pay particular attention to the types of research design used by scholars of the region. Cases will be drawn from across the Central, South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian regions, as well as from the Southwest Pacific. Assignments will push students to think critically about reading and conducting research on the politics of Asia
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On completion, students are expected to be able to:
• Engage with various methods and approaches to comparative analysis
• Critically assess the quality of alternative research designs in comparative politics
• Compare and contrast theoretical models of politics in Asian and non-Asian cases
• Communicate knowledgably on range of political themes in the Asian context.
Indicative Assessment1. Critical Discussion (10%): Students will be graded on the quality of their participation in seminar discussion. (Learning outcomes 2, 4)
2. Reading response papers (20%): To facilitate discussion in seminars, students are expected to prepare a response paper (c. 300-500 words x 8 papers) on one theme raised by that week’s material in advance of the seminar. (Learning outcomes 2, 3, 4)
3. Critical Review Essay (20%): Students are required to submit a critical review of one of the following books paying particular attention to research design and the use of evidence. (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 4)
• Bourgois, P. I. (2003). In search of respect : selling crack in El Barrio (2nd ed.). Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
• Pachirat, T. (2011). Every twelve seconds : industrialized slaughter and the politics of sight. New Haven: Yale University Press.
4. Research Essay (50%): Students will choose a research paper topic of their choice that relates to the theoretical material covered in the course. The paper should be more than a literature review and should reflect some research beyond the core class material. Recommended readings should help you here. This paper must be originally written for this seminar (i.e. you cannot write on the same topic as your Research Methods class if you are taking it). (Learning outcomes 1, 4)
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Workload2-hour weekly seminar (x 13). Extensive reading (100-250 pages per week). Weekly written assignments (8/13 weeks). 2 major written assignments (2,000 words & 5,000 words).
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingBoix, Carles, and Susan Carol Stokes (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2007).
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8697||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|