Japanese Politics and Society

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japanese Politics and Society

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to important puzzles and questions about Japanese politics, and to discuss various ways in which scholars have attempted to solve these puzzles. No prior knowledge of Japanese politics is required. However, students are expected to come to class having done the reading and prepared to answer questions in class based on the readings and discuss the course material. Although the course will have a lecture format, my aim is to make the class as interactive as possible so that we have a more proactive and fun learning experience. In order to facilitate this, the course will incorporate student presentations and discussions. Details will be finalized through consultation with students and in consideration of our class size.

    Readings have been chosen to help students grasp the major issues and debates in contemporary Japanese politics. The syllabus and weekly readings are subject to change before and throughout the semester. Please make sure that you have the most recently updated version of the syllabus.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.