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2017 Political Science(E)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: Tetsuki TAMURA
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Semester: Fall
Year: 2
Course Periods: Fri 10:30-12:00
Credits: 2
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Classroom: -

 

Outline of Lecture Course

    This course examines some theories and approaches in political studies. Theories and approaches are important because our understanding of “reality” always depends on our theoretical and/or conceptual framework. 
    While cases referred to in this course will be ones of advanced democracies including Japan, it is also possible to apply theories examined in this course to developing countries.
    The following topics will be examined in the classes.

1. Introduction

2. What Is Politics?

3. Pluralism

4. Critiques of Pluralism

5. Neo-Corporatism

6. Neo-Marxist Theory of the State

7. Power Resource Theory and Comparative Welfare States

8. Critiques of Power Resource Theory

9. New Institutionalisms

10. Ideas and Discourse in Political Analysis

11. Normative Democratic Theory


Course Objectives

1. Familiarizing students with theories and approaches in political studies.

2.  Cultivating student's ability to examine or explain political phenomena theoretically.

Textbooks   No textbook is used. Instead of it, detailed handouts are offered.
  Major reference books are the followings. Others are introduced at classes.
- Colin Hay, Michael Lister, and David Marsh (eds.) The States: Theories and Issues, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
- John S. Dryzek and Patrick Dunleavy (eds.) Theories of The Democratic State, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- David Marsh and Gerry Stoker (eds.) Theory and Methods in Political Science, 3rd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Course Materials/Supplementaries The handouts are offered in every class.
Assessment Mid-term test: 30%. Final essay: 70%.

Prerequisites No prerequest.
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