Northern Illinois University

Department of Political Science

Fall 2004, Dusable 459

Section 5: T&Th 3:30-4:45


Instructor: Kheang Un

Office: Zulauf 422

Phone: 815-753-7044 ; email: kun1@niu.edu

Office Hours: T &Th 2-3:30 and by appointment


This course is NIUís introduction to the study of political systems outside the United States.As such, it has two main goals.First, it will give you a chance to study the politics of particular countries you probably know little about.Second, it seeks to convey analytical approach to the study of politics and to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on some of the essential questions, old and new, with which students of politics have to grapple.Your new understanding from this class should enhance your roles as citizen in a democracy, i.e., enable you to make more informed judgments on the policies that our leaders propose to follow in dealing with foreign countries.


To achieve its comparative goal, this course will examine the political systems of Great Britain, France, Japan, China, Russia, Iran and Vietnam.


Course Policies and Requirements

1.The Learning Environment. Your instructor is committed to the principle of active learning.This principle requires studentsí active involvement in, commitment to, and responsibility for their own education.Hence, it is important that students conduct themselves in ways that indicate respect for the learning community and the learning process.Respect for the learning community should preclude such behavior as persistent tardiness, leaving the room during class time (unless prior advice was given to the instructor or in case of emergency), falling asleep, reading the newspaper, studying for another class, and chatting with others.


2. Readings and Lecture. Please purchase a copy of textbook for this course:Michael G. Roskin, Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture 8th edition at the Student Center or at Village Common Bookstores.Some short readings may also be distributed in class.


Lectures will parallel and compliments the readings.As such, students cannot just rely solely on the lectures or the readings.


3. Class attendance and Participation.Attendance at all class session is expected, and the instructor will check the attendance regularly.Class participation and attendance will account for 10 percent of the total course grade.More significantly, informed participation in class discussion will significantly help students in borderline grade situations.

4. Exams.This course will have three exams.Two will be midterms written in class on September 23 and November 02.Each of these exams will be worth 20 percent of the total course grade.A final exam, worth 30 percent, will be taken during the regular final exam day, December 07 from 4:00-5:50 pm.The format of each exam will be a combination of essay, short answer, and multiple-choice.No make up exam will be offered, except in cases of emergency, as defined by the instructor, and with advance notification.There will also be some pop quizzes given without prior notice.The total points from all quizzes will be worth 10 percent of the total course grade.


5. Course Grade.Course Grades will be distributed as follows:

††††††††††† Final Average†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Final Grade

††††††††††† 90-100 %††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A

††††††††††† 80-89 %††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B

††††††††††† 65-79%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C

††††††††††† 50-64†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D

††††††††††† Below 50%†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F


6. Academic Integrity.Students are expected to know and comply with NIU polices on academic integrity (see p. 47 of 2001 Undergraduate Catalog).Any student found guilty of cheating or plagiarizing will receive an ď FĒ for the examination and the course.He or she may also be subject to additional sanctions imposed by the university.


7. Undergraduate Writing Awards. The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding undergraduate papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies. Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing. Winners are expected to attend the Departmentís spring graduation ceremony where they will receive a certificate and $50.00. Papers, which can be submitted by students or faculty, must be supplied in triplicate to a department secretary by February 28. All copies should have two cover pages Ė one with the studentís name and one without the studentís name. Only papers written in the previous calendar year can be considered for the award. However, papers completed in the current spring semester are eligible for the following yearís competition even if the student has graduated.


8. Statement Concerning Students with Disabilities. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIU is committed to making reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Those students with disabilities that may have some impact on their coursework and for which they may require accommodations should notify the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) on the fourth floor of the Health Services Building. CAAR will assist students in making appropriate accommodations with course instructors. It is important that CAAR and instructors be informed of any disability-related needs during the first two weeks of the semester.


9. Department of Political Science Web Site.Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult the Department of Political Science web site on a regular basis. This up-to-date, central source of information will assist students in contacting faculty and staff, reviewing course requirements and syllabi, exploring graduate study, researching career options, tracking department events, and accessing important details related to undergraduate programs and activities. To reach the site, go to http://polisci.niu.edu


††††††††††† †† Schedule of Lectures, Required Readings, and Exams


August 24

††††††††††† Introduction to the Course


August 26

††††††††††† Concept of the Country

††††††††††† State Formation

††††††††††† Looking for Quarrels

††††††††††† Democratization

††††††††††† Political Culture



August 31

††††††††††† Great Britain: Impact of the Past Roskin, pp. 22-34

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Political Culture Roskin, pp. 53-65


September 02

††††††††††† Great Britain: Elections and Parties Roskin, p. 50, box on p. 51, pp. 66-73

††††††††††† Key Institutions: pp. 36-50, pp. 74-77


September 07

††††††††††† Great Britain: Quarrels: Roskin pp. 79-92



September 09

††††††††††† France: Impact of the Past Roskin pp. 96-111

††††††††††† Video: The French Revolution Reconsidered.


September 14

††††††††††† France: Political Culture Roskin pp. 130-145

††††††††††† France: Elections and Parties pp. 147-160, pp. 124-125, box on p. 126†††††††


September 16

††††††††††† France: Key Institutions Roskin pp. 113-124, p. 127, box on p.128

††††††††††††††††††††††† : Quarrels Roskin: pp. 162-175





††††††††††† Exam I




††††††††††† Japan: Impact of the Past, Roskin pp. 340-353

††††††††††††††††††††††† Video: Meiji: Asiaís Response to the West



††††††††††† Japan: Political Culture Roskin, pp. 367-381

†††††††† : Elections and Parties Roskin pp. 359-363, box on p. 364, pp. 387-389,

†††††††††† pp. 391 (danger of)-394



Japan: Government Institutions Roskin pp. 363-66, pp. 382-386,

389 (No One)-391

††††††† : Quarrels Roskin pp. 396-411††


October 05

††††††††††† China: Impact of the Past Roskin, pp. 416-424, box on p. 434

††††††††††††††††††††††† Video: Two Coasts of China


October 07


††††††††††† China: Government Institutions Roskin, PP. 424-429

††††††††††† †††††††† : Political Culture Roskin, box on p. 420, box on p. 421, pp. 430-432,

††††††††††††††††††††††† box on p. 433, box on p. 435, box on p. 436


October 12

††††††††††† China: Quarrels Roskin, box on p. 426, pp. 433 (from Chrouching)-446



October 14

††††††††††† Russia: Impact of the Past Roskin, 262-277, box on p. 286, box on p. 287,

††††††††††††††††††††††† box on p. 312, box on p. 313, box on p. 315, box on p. 317, box on p. 320,

††††††††††††††††††††††† box on p. 321,

††††††††††† Russia: Political Culture Roskin, pp. 295-309.



Russia: Government Institutions Roskin, pp. 279-293, p. 314, pp. 319-322, box on

††††††††† ††p. 316,†††††††††††



††††††††††† Russia: Parties and Elections Roskin, box on p. 288,

††††††††††††††††††††††† pp. 310-312, p. 293 (A Party System Under) box on p. 292,




††††††††††† Quarrels: Roskin, pp. 314-318, pp. 324-336, p. 314



††††††††††† Exam II


November 02

††††††††††† Vietnam: Impact of the Past

††††††††††† Video: The Root Cause of Conflict



††††††††††† Party and Government Institutions: Thaveeporn Vasavakul, pp. 379-395


November 09

††††††††††† Vietnam before and after doi moi: Thaveeporn Vasavakul, pp.376-379,

††††††††††† pp.395 (State Ideology)-408.



††††††††††† Vietnam before and after doi moi (continued)



††††††††††† Iran: Imapct of the Past: Roskin, pp.518-525



††††††††††† Iran: Political Culture: Roskin, pp.529-535, box on p. 536



††††††††††† Iran: Election and Parties: Roskin, Box on p. 526, pp. 528-529, pp. 535-539

††††††††††† Iran: Key Institutions: Roskin, p. 525, pp. 526-528



††††††††††† Thanksgiving!



††††††††††† Iran: Quarrels: Roskin, pp. 540-548


December 02

††††††††††† Catch-up, review and discussion


December 07

Final Exam 4:00-5:50 pm