POLS 260: FOREIGN AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Northern Illinois University
Department of Political Science
Fall 2005, Dusable 461
Section 1: M, W, F 11:00-11:50
Professor: Kheang Un
Office: Zulauf 414
Phone: 815-753-1011 ; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: M, W, F 9-10:30 and by appointment
This course is NIU’s 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 approaches 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 role as citizens 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 South Africa.
Course Policies and Requirements
1. The Learning Environment. Your instructor is committed to the principle of active learning. This principle requires students’ 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 the Village Common Bookstore. Some short readings may also be distributed in class.
Lectures will parallel and compliments the readings. As such, students cannot just rely solely on lectures or readings.
3. Class attendance and Participation. Attendance at all class sessions is expected, and the instructor will check the attendance regularly. Class participation and attendance will account for 10 percent of the total course grade. 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 26 and November 02. Each of these exams will be worth 25 percent of the total course grade. A final exam, worth 30 percent, will be taken during the regular final exam day, December 05 from 10:00-11:50 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
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 “ F” for the examination and the course. He or she may also be subject to additional sanctions imposed by the university.
Schedule of Lectures, Required Readings, and Exams
Introduction to the course
Reading: Roskin, pp. 1-18.
Key Concepts continued
Reading:Roskin, pp. 1-18
Great Britain: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 22-34
Great Britain: Political Culture
Reading: Roskin, pp. 53-65
Great Britain: Elections and Parties
Reading: Roskin, pp. p. 50, box. 51, pp. 66-73.
No Class Labor Day
Great Britain: Key Institutions
Reading: Roskin, pp.36-50-, pp. 74-77.
Video: “Order! Order!”
Great Britain: Quarrels
Reading: Roskin, pp. 79-93.
Donley Studlar, “A Constitutional Revolution in Britain?” in Christine Soe ed., Annual Edition: Comparative Politics, 03/04, (Guilford: McGraw, 2004), pp. 12-17. [to be handed out].
France: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 96-111.
Video: “The French Revolution Reconsidered.”
France: Political Culture
Reading: Roskin, pp. 130-45.
France: Elections and Parties
Reading: Roskin, pp. 147-160, pp. 124-125, box on p. 126.
France: Key Institutions
Reading: Roskin, pp. 113-124, p. 127, box on p. 128.
Reading: Roskin, pp. 162-175.
John Andrews, “A Divided Self: A Survey of France,” in Christine Soe ed., Annual Edition: Comparative Politics, 03/04, (Guilford: McGraw, 2004), pp. 29-38. [to be handed out].
Catch-up and Reviews
Japan: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 340-353.
Video: Meiji: Asia’s Response to the West
Japan: Political Culture
Reading: Roskin, pp. 367-381.
Japan: Elections and Parties
Reading: 359-363, box on p. 364, pp. 387-389, pp. 391 (danger of)-394.
Japan: Government Institutions
Reading: Roskin, pp. 363-66, pp. 382-386, 389 (no one)-391.
Reading: Roskin, pp.396-411.
S. MacDonald and J. Lemco, “Japan’s Slow-Moving Economic
Avalanche,” Current History (April, 2002), pp. 172-176. [to be handed out].
Russia: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 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
Reading: Roskin, pp. 295-309.
Russia: Government Institutions
Reading: Roskin, pp. 279-293, p. 314, pp. 319-322, box on p. 316.
Russia: Parties and Elections
Reading: Roskin, box on p. 288, pp. 310-312, p. 293 (A Party System Under) box p. 292.
Reading: Roskin, pp. 314-318, pp. 324-336, p. 314.
M. Goldman, “Putin and the Oligarchs,” Foreign Affairs Vol 86
(Novemebr/December 2004), pp. 33-44.
The Economist, “The Challenger,” December 11, 2004, p. 9; “Vladimir
III?” p. 46-47. [to be handed out].
China: Impact of the Past
Video: “Two Coasts of China.”
Reading: Roskin, pp. 416-424, box on p. 434.
China: Political Culture:
Reading: Roskin, box on p. 420, box on p. 421, pp. 430-432, box on p. 433, box on p. 435, box on p. 436.
China: Government Institutions
Reading: Roskin, pp. 424-429.
Reading: Roskin, pp. box on p. 426, pp. 433 (from Chrouchin)-446.
Clay Chandler, “Inside The New China: Part Communist, Part Capitalist-and full
speed ahead,” in Suzan Ogden, Global Studies: China 11th edition, (Guilford:
McGraw, 2004), pp.104-107. [to be handed out].
Catch-up and Reviews
South Africa: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 482-487, box on p. 488, box on p. 493, box on p. 497.
South Africa: Political Culture
Video: “Facing the Truth.”
Reading: Roskin, pp. 498-503.
South Africa: Government Institutions
South Africa: Elections and Parties
Reading: Roskin, pp. 495-496, pp. 503-509.
South Africa: Quarrels
Reading: Roskin, pp. 509-515.
A. Handley, “The New South Africa, a Decade Later,” Current History (May
2004), pp. 195-201. [to be handed out].
Iran: Impact of the Past
Reading: Roskin, pp. 518-525.
Readings: Political Culture
Reading: Roskin, pp. 529-535, box on p. 536.
Iran: Elections and Parties
Reading: Roskin, box on p. 526, pp. 528-529, pp. 535-539
Thank giving break
Iran: Political Institutions
Reading: Roskin, p. 525, pp. 526-528.
Reading: Roskin, pp. 540-548.
Afshin Molavi, “Buying Time in Tehran: Iran the China Model,” Foreign Affairs,
83, 2004, pp. 9-16. [to be handed out].
The Economist, “Still Failing, Still Defiant,” pp. 23-25.
Catch-up and Review
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