- Code ASIA2065
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of Political and Social Change
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Paul Hutchcroft
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course provides students with the conceptual and analytical tools they need to develop a deeper understanding of politics in contemporary Asia. Through the framework of comparative politics, it will take on several major themes including democratization, identity politics, corruption, and development. In ordinary language, comparisons are often implicit, and arguments are based on weak evidence or poor logic. In this course, students will master not just facts and figures, but a sophisticated approach to analysis that can be used in the study of politics not just of countries in Asia but around the world. The twin thrusts of this course will be learning how to evaluate key concepts in political science (e.g. democracy), and learning how to draw valid causal inferences from comparative political analysis. Students will thus develop the skills to critically evaluate causal claims made in academic, policy, and journalistic writing. The course will be structured by first introducing students to key theoretical and comparative works on selected themes and then applying the approaches comparatively across and within countries in Asia. At the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding of political events in Asia and have better understood why it matters for us to think about the region comparatively.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of domestic politics in contemporary Asia.
2. Debate the major issues around concept formation and measurement in comparative politics.
3. Apply these concepts in analysing political phenomena within and between states in Asia.
4. Analyse the foundations and implications of the comparative method in political science research.
5. Critically evaluate the elements of causal inference as it applies to contemporary politics.
6. Express themselves clearly in verbal and written formats.
Indicative AssessmentClass activities (10%) [LO 1,2,6]
Response Papers (30%) [LO 2,4,5]
Critical Essay (40%) [LO3,4,5,6]
Final Exam (20%) [LO 2,4,5]
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3 contact hours and 6 hours private study per week.
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