Course Syllabus

2017 604 Comparative Politics Workshop

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: H Takeda, R Westra and D Green
Other Lecturers:
Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Fall
Year: M1
Course Periods: -
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Compulsory for Leading Graduate School students. Other GSL students can register for credits.
Classroom: -

 

Outline of Lecture Course

The overarching aim of this course is to introduce the student to basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of comparative politics and political economy and in so doing, to enhance her/his ability to conduct independent research projects on the subject. By the end of the course, the student is expected to acquire a solid understanding of the basics of comparative politics/political economy research. The course also provides the student with the opportunity to develop practical skills to evaluate research papers, compile and communicate to others independent academic argument, give presentations and write review essays.    

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate that s/he has acquired;


1. basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of comparative politics and political economy
2. practical skills to evaluate research papers, compile and communicate to others independent academic argument, give presentations and write review essays

Textbooks The list of readings will be distributed in the first class.
Course Materials/Supplementaries The list of readings will be distributed in the first class.
Assessment

1. Workshop 1 assignment (20%)

2. Workshop 2 assignment (20%)

3. Review essay (60%)

Prerequisites
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[Subject: Specialized Courses]

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction
  1. Course Introduction 
  2. Lecture: What Is Comparative Politics and How Is It Relevant? 
Please see the course outline. 
2 Basic Concepts and Approaches
  1. Lecturer: Institutions, Actors and Ideas 
  2. Lecturer: from Functionalism to New Institutionalisms 
As above.
3 Comparative Political Economy
  1. Lecture: Introduction to Political Economy and the Making of the International Capitalist Order 
  2. Lecture: The Rise and Fall of the Post World War II Golden Age 
As above.
4 Comparative Political Economy
  1. Lecture: Globalization and Financialization 
  2. Workshop 1: Comparing Comparative Politics &  Political Economy
As above.
5 Comparative Methods
  1. Lecture: Introduction to the Methodological Issues 
  2. Qualitative Analysis 
As above.
6 Comparative Methods
  1. Lecturer: Quantitative Analysis 
  2. Workshop 2: Comparing Qualitative & Quantitative Analysis 
As above.
7 Presentations
  1. Presentations
  2. Presentations
As above.

 

Assignments Summary:

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