About the Course
Contents of Lectures 11 Lectures
The first goal of this course is to provide a basic working knowledge of public policy making processes. Secondly, students will learn concepts and theories which will enable them to categorize and analyze political institutions in democracies. Thirdly, we will examine international institutions to assess whether they have an impact on policy outputs. Finally, we will analyze how democracies and non-democracies differ in various country settings.
20% Lectures are given almost every week and students are expected to make one presentation and write two short essays out of five topics. The detailed directions for presentations or short essays will be announced later depending on topics. You will need to distribute a handout to class when you make a presentation. The handout should include a detailed outline of the presentation as well as show evidence to support your arguments. We will have class discussions following each student presentation. Short essays should also include enough evidence to support your arguments or analysis. You may choose the same topic for your presentation and one of the short essays if you wish.
For the final term assignment, each student will need to develop a final essay based on all these five topics by the end of term. The guidelines for the final paper will be distributed later.
Each student is expected to complete all reading assignments and should be ready to take part in classes. Attendance and active participation in class discussion constitute an important part of the course grade. The only justifiable reason to be absent from classes is job hunting.
I strongly encourage Japanese students to take courses conducted in English. Although this class is conducted in English, students may ask questions in Japanese or submit homework in Japanese, but I highly encourage you to take this opportunity to sharpen your English skills. Also, regardless of your current level of English proficiency, I will evaluate highly your efforts to be ready to speak out in English in class discussions.
Birkland, Thomas A. 2005. An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy Making, Second Edition. Armonk: M.E. Sharp. Lijphart, Arend. 1999. Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. New Haven: Yale University Press. Gandhi, Jennifer. 2008. Political Institutions under Dictatorship. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Instructor: OMORI‚ Sawa 大森佐和 | Language of Instruction: E/J
Major: Public Policy 公共政策 | Course ID: PPL203 | Course Schedule: 4*/W, 4*/F | Update: 2013.04.01 Category: Major Courses