POLS371: Politics of
Department of Political Science
Instructor: Professor Kikue Hamayotsu Office: Zulauf 414
M/W: 2-3:15PM Office Hours: M 12-1PM/W 11-1PM
DU 461 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. This is a reading-intensive course. 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.
2. One short term paper of 5-6pp. in length: the paper should provide a critical analysis of the week’s readings. The papers should first briefly summarize the main arguments of the readings and then provide a critique. A good paper will not just attempt to summarize or critique all the readings, but will focus on one central debate/argument that ties in several readings. Students are allowed to choose the week (topic of their liking) for which they will write their paper (see 4.A). The paper must be double-spaced and properly footnoted. [the time table and the questions for this assignment will be given in the class]
3. Two in-class exams:
A) Mid-term exam
B) Final exam
4. 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). The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes.
5. Random quizzes:
A) A handful of brief quizzes are given randomly throughout the semester. They focus mainly 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. 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).
Books to Purchase:
All of the books have been ordered at the university bookstore.
Aspinall, Edward. 2005. Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, and
Regime Change in
Norman Owen, ed., The Emergence of
Modern Southeast Asia: A New History (
Section I: The Emergence of Modern
Week 1-1 (Jan 14). Course Introduction
Owen, chapter 1 (Introduction)
Week 1-2 (Jan 16). 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.
O.W. Wolters, History, Culture, and Region in Southeast Asian perspectives, (Cornell University Press, Ithaca: 1999): 27-40.
Week 2-1 (Jan 21). Martin Luther Jr. Birthday: NO CLASS
Week 2-2 (Jan 23). Colonialism: Great transformation and its opponents (1)
Adas, Michael. 1981. From Avoidance to Confrontation: Peasant Protest in
Pre-Colonial and Colonial
Owen, chaps. 12.
Week 3-1 (Jan 28). Colonialism:
Video: Riding the tiger 1.
Owen, chap.14 and 15.
Week 3-2 (Jan 30). Colonialism:
Hirschman, Charles. 1986. The Making of Race in Colonial
Callahan, Mary P. 2003. Making Enemies: War and
Week 4-1 (Feb 4). Nationalism and Nationalist Movements: Imagining “National” Communities
Cribb, Robert. 1999. Nation: Making
Week 4-2 (Feb 6). Nationalism and Nationalist Movements (2)
Video: Riding the tiger 2
Winichakul, Thongchai. 1994.
Week 5-1 (Feb 11). 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 (Feb 13). State Formation (2)
Anderson, Benedict. 1983.
Rich, Paul B., and Richard Stubbs, eds. 1997. The
Section II: Governments and Politics
Week 6-1 (Feb 18). Political Regimes: Longevity and Fragility of Authoritarian regimes (1)
Aspinall, chap.2 (pp.20-48).
Week 6-2 (Feb 20). Authoritarian Regimes 2
Video: Riding the Tiger 3
Crouch, Harold. 1998.
Week 7-1 (Feb 25). Political Regimes: Democratic Transitions (1)
Bartrand, Jacques. 1998. Growth and Democracy in
Week 7-2 (Feb 27). MID-TERM EXAM (IN-CLASS)
Week 8-1 (March 3) Political Regimes: Democratic Transitions (2)
Week 8-2 (March 5) Political Regimes: Democratic Transition (3)
Anderson, Benedict. 1998. Cacique Democracy in the
Thompson, Mark R. 1996. Off the Endangered List: Philippine Democratization in Comparative Perspective. Comparative Politics 28 (2):179-205.
March 10/12. SPRING BREAK: NO CLASS
Week 9-1 (March 17). Political Regimes: Dominant Party Systems
Crouch, Harold. 1993.
Slater, Dan. 2003. Iron Cage in an Iron Fist: Authoritarian
Institutionalization and the Personalization of Power in
Jesudason, James V. 1996. The Syncretic State and the Structuring of
Oppositional Politics in
Week 9-2 (March 19). Civil Society: Social Movements
Aspinall, pp.5-18, and chap.4 (pp.86-115).
Hedman, Eva-Lotta E. 2006. In the Name of Civil Society: From Free
Election Movements to People Power in the
Week 10-1 (March 24) Civil Society: The Limits of Civil Society
Jesudason, James V. 1995. Statist Democracy and the Limits of Civil
Weiss, Meredith L. 2006. Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and
Coalitions for Political Change in
Week 10-2 (March 26) Local ‘Boss’ Politics: Towards Democratic Consolidation?
Case: the Philippines/Thailand
Anderson, Benedict. 1998. Murder and Progress in Modern
Sidel, John T. 1997. Philippine Politics in Town, District, and Province:
Ockey, James. 1998. Crime, Society, and Politics in
Section III: Mobilization, Resistance, and Identity
Week 11-1 (March 31). Political Economy: Business and Politics (1)
Doner, Richard F. 1992. Limits of State Strength: Toward an Institutionalist View of Economic Development. World Politics (44):398-431.
Doner, Richard F. 1991. Approaches to the Politics of Economic Growth in
MacIntyre, Andrew, ed. 1994. Business and Government in Industrializing
Week 11-2 (April 2). Political Economy: Business and Politics (2)
Hutchcroft, Paul D. 1994. Booty Capitalism: Business-government relations
Khan, Mushtaq H., and K.S. Jomo, eds. 2000. Rents, Rent-Seeking and
Economic Development: Theory and Evidence in
Week 12-1 (April 7). 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 (April 9). Ethnicity and Politics: Ethnic Conflict (2)
McCargo, Duncan. 2007. Thaksin and the Resurgence of Violence in the Thai
South. In Rethinking
McVey, Ruth. 1989. Identity and Rebellion among Southern Thai Muslims. In The
Muslims of Thailand, edited by A. D. W. Forbes.
Week 13-1 (April 14). Religion and Politics: Civil and Uncivil Religions
Sidel, John T. 2003. Other Schools, Other Pilgrimages, Other Dreams: The
Making and Unmaking of Jihad In
Hefner, Robert W. 2000. Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in
Week 13-2 (April 16). Religion and Politics: Religion and Political Transformations
Matthews, Bruce. 1993. Buddhism under a Military Regime: The Iron Heel in
Week 14-1 (April 21). Rebellions and Resistance (1): Everyday Forms of Resistance
Scott, James C. 1985. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant
Week 14-2 (April 23). Rebellions and Resistance (2): Mass Mobilization and Political Change
Kerkvliet, Benedict J. Tria. 2005. The Power of Everyday Politics: How
Vietnamese Peasants Transformed National Policy.
Week 15-1 (April 28).
Week 15-2 (April 30). Review