POLS371: Politics of
Department of Political Science, Northern
Instructor: Professor Kikue Hamayotsu Office: Zulauf 414
Lectures: M/W: Office Hours: M12-1/W11:30-1:30
DU 246 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistant: Mr. Shawn McCafferty
This course surveys the modern politics of
In the past couple of decades,
This course will offer students analytical tools and approaches to investigate such issues of political and policy significance from historical, comparative and analytical perspectives. Students will learn how to account for various patterns of experiences across the nations, localities and groups under investigation. The issues taken up in the course include colonial legacies, state formation, democratization, authoritarianism, nationalism, business and politics, religious movements, ethnic conflicts, and civil society.
Course readings are chosen based on the merits of their
analytical arguments rather than their country coverage, to enable students to
achieve the following goals: (1) to gain empirical and conceptual
understandings of the political dynamics of the region; (2) to think
comparatively within the region and across the developing world more generally;
and (3) to address and debate theoretical questions in social science/political
science through Southeast Asian empirical cases. We do not, therefore, cover
every single country in the region in the same depth, but focus primarily on
the following countries:
This is a lecture course primarily intended for undergraduate students. In order to encourage discussion among students, weekly class meetings consist of lectures followed by discussion. Students will make oral presentation and discuss the section’s readings.
The course is largely divided into three sections. The first
is on colonial legacies and the emergence of modern ‘
Some political science background and/or at least completion of POLS 260 (Introduction to Comparative Politics) are highly recommended. A risk resulting from ignoring this advice will entirely be students’. Students who have some Southeast Asian Studies background are asked to consult the instructor before deciding to take the course.
1. Class attendance:
a. You are required to attend all the classes. More than three unexcused absences will jeopardize your attendance grade and you will risk failing the course. Please notify your TA in advance if you must miss class.
2. Do read the required readings. All the course requirements will enable students to develop their analytical skills in the course of your study of Southeast Asian politics. Students are expected to come to class having done the reading beforehand and to actively participate in discussion. It is important to approach the readings with the following questions in mind: (a) what is the central issue/debate? (b) what is the main argument/point? (c) what is the evidence for the argument? (d) what are the problems with the argument? (e) can you think of counterarguments? Students should also address these questions in writing assignments.
3. One short term paper of 5-6pp. in length:
a. The question is given in class in advance.
b. The paper must be double-spaced and properly footnoted.
4. Two in-class exams: composed of a short-answer section and some essay questions.
a. Mid-term exam
b. Final exam
5. One class presentation:
a. On the first day of class, students will be asked to sign-up for one week in which to present. The presentation should not coincide with the short analytical paper.
b. The presentation should be a critique of the readings and must address central controversies to stimulate class discussion. The critique can also include issues of policy relevance. You can be creative, but don’t just summarize the readings. The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes.
6. Random quizzes:
a. A handful of brief quizzes are given randomly throughout the semester. They focus on the required readings. The purpose of this component of the evaluation is to encourage the students to do the assigned readings, and to come to class prepared to discuss the material. Quiz questions may be included in the mid-term/final exams. If it becomes clear that people are not coming to class prepared, the instructor reserves the right to take the drastic action of giving pop quizzes. Otherwise, quizzes will be announced in the class before they are due.
1. Class attendance (10%) and presentation (10%)
2. Term paper (20%)
3. Exams (30%+30%)
Please note: late submission will result in grade reduction for a half-mark per day (e.g., “A” will be reduced to “A-” if submission is a day late).
All the textbooks have been ordered and are at the university bookstore. The rest of the readings will be uploaded in Blackboard.
Books to Purchase:
Aspinall, Edward. 2005. Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, and
Regime Change in
Norman Owen, ed., The Emergence of Modern
Section I: The Emergence of Modern
Week 1-1 (Aug 25). Course Introduction
Week 1-2 (Aug 27) What is
Owen, chapter 1 (Introduction)
Week 2-1 (Sept 1). Labor
Week 2-2 (Sept 3). What
Anderson, Benedict. 1998. The Spectre of Comparison: Nationalism,
Zakaria, Fareed. 1994. Culture is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew. Foreign Affairs 73 (2):109-26.
Week 3-1 (Sept 8). Colonialism: Great transformation and its opponents (1)
Adas, Michael. 1981. From Avoidance to
Confrontation: Peasant Protest in Pre-Colonial and Colonial
Owen, chap. 12.
Week 3-2 (Sept 10). Colonialism:
Video: Riding the tiger 1.
Owen, chap.14 and 15.
Week 4-1 (Sept 15). Colonialism:
Hirschman, Charles. 1986. The Making of Race in Colonial
Callahan, Mary P. 2003. Making Enemies: War and
Week 4-2 (Sept 17). Nationalism and Nationalist Movements: Imagining “National” Communities
Video: Riding the tiger 2
Cribb, Robert. 1999. Nation: Making
Week 5-1 (Sept 22). State Formation (1): Theories and Practices
Callahan, Mary P. 2003. Making Enemies: War and
Hutchcroft, Paul D. 2000. Colonial Masters, National Politicos, and
Provincial Lords: Central Authority and Local Autonomy in the American
Week 5-2 (Sept 24). State Formation (2)
Stubbs, Richard. 1997. The Malayan Emergency and the Development of the
Section II: Governments and Politics
Week 6-1 (Sept 29). Political Regimes: Longevity and Fragility of Authoritarian regimes (1)
Aspinall, chap.2 (pp.20-48).
Week 6-2 (Oct 1). Authoritarian Regimes 2
Video: Riding the Tiger 3
Crouch, Harold. 1998.
Week 7-1 (Oct 6). Political Regimes: Democratic Transitions (1)
Bartrand, Jacques. 1998. Growth and Democracy in
Week 7-2 (Oct 8) MID-TERM EXAM (IN-CLASS)
Week 8-1 (Oct 13) Political Regimes: Democratic Transitions (2)
Week 8-2 (Oct 15) Political Regimes: Democratic Transition (3)
Anderson, Benedict. 1998. Cacique Democracy in the
Week 9-1 (Oct 20) Political Regimes: Dominant Party Systems
Crouch, Harold. 1993.
Week 9-2 (Oct 22). Civil Society: Social Movements
Aspinall, pp.5-18, and chap.4 (pp.86-115).
Week 10-1 (Oct 27). Civil Society: The Limits of Civil Society
Jesudason, James V. 1995. Statist Democracy and the
Limits of Civil Society in
Week 10-2 (Oct 29) Towards Democratic Consolidation? Local ‘Boss’ Politics
Ockey, James. 1998. Crime, Society, and Politics in
Section III: Mobilization, Resistance, and Identity
Week 11-1 (Nov 3). Political Economy: Business and Politics (1)
MacIntyre, Andrew, ed. 1994. Business and Government
Week 11-2 (Nov 5). Political Economy: Business and Politics (2)
Hutchcroft, Paul D. 1994. Booty Capitalism: Business-government relations
Week 12-1 (Nov 10). Ethnicity and Politics: Ethnic conflict (1)
Aspinall, Edward. 2006. Violence and Identity Formation in Aceh under
Indonesian Rule. In Verandah of Violence: The Background to the Aceh Problem,
edited by A. Reid.
Week 12-2 (Nov 12). Ethnicity and Politics: Ethnic Conflict (2)
McCargo, Duncan. 2007. Thaksin and the Resurgence of Violence in the Thai
South. In Rethinking
Week 13-1 (Nov 17). Religion and Politics: Civil and Uncivil Religions
Sidel, John T. 2003. Other Schools, Other Pilgrimages, Other Dreams: The
Making and Unmaking of Jihad In
Week 13-2 (Nov 19). Religion and Politics: Religion and Political Transformations
Matthews, Bruce. 1993. Buddhism under a Military Regime: The Iron Heel in
Week 14-1 (Nov 24). Rebellions and Resistance: Everyday Forms of Resistance
Kerkvliet, Benedict J. Tria. 2005. The Power of Everyday Politics: How
Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy.
TERM PAPER DUE [IN CLASS]
Week 14-2 (Nov 26) THANKSGIVING
Week 15-1 (Dec 1).
Week 15-2 (Dec 3). Reviews