POLITICS OF EAST ASIA
POLITICAL SCIENCE 545 & 645
Dr. Dennis V. Hickey
Office: STRO 325
Office. Hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00; and Thursday 1:30-3:30.
Professor�s Homepage: http://courses.missouristate.edu/DennisHickey/hickey.htm
Useful Links Page: http://courses.missouristate.edu/DennisHickey/useful%20links.htm
This course is designed to introduce students to the political and economic systems of contemporary East Asia. Primary emphasis is placed upon the People's Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and the two Koreas. The class will provide students with an understanding of the ideologies and strategies pursued by these governments as well as an appreciation of contemporary economic, political and strategic issues in the region. As such, it promotes the university's mission in public affairs by enhancing and promoting the cultural competence of MSU students.
APPROACH TO COURSE:
This course adopts a country-by-country approach to the politics of East Asia. However, students should not consider each country as an isolated case or "discrete experience." Some issues might well be unique to a particular country. But many others transcend national borders (for example, population pressures, economic development strategies, pollution, health issues, proliferation and so forth). Furthermore, students should adopt a comparative approach when studying such topics as economic development, political modernization, etc.
Students are advised that MSU provides opportunities for students to spend an entire semester taking classes in the People's Republic of China at Qingdao University. Like MSU, Qingdao University enrolls close to 20,000 students. Qingdao is located on the ocean and also is fairly close to Beijing--China's capital. Moreover, the graduate program in Global Studies at MSU has just launched an exciting new exchange agreement with Renmin (People's) University in Beijing, China. See Dr. Hickey for more information. Finally, remember that classes in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are available at MSU. For more information, please contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
In addition to the web based readings, students must purchase the following three titles from the MSU bookstore:
RESEARCH PAPER & CLASS PRESENTATIONS:
Normally, students will present the results of their research to our class during the last two weeks of the semester. Each student will focus on a different area. Topics will be assigned (approved) on a first come, first serve basis. In the event that two or more identical proposals are submitted on the same day, we usually will toss a coin, draw straws or otherwise resolve the issue quickly. This semester, we may do something different and cancel the presentations (the papers are still required!!!). Your professor is seeking to bring some prominent speakers to campus and this may necessitate a change in our schedule (meaning that there may not be sufficient time remaining for presentations at the end of the semester). At this time, however, you should still plan on giving a presentation.
2. Requirements for Undergraduate Students: 10-20 pages (excluding endnotes & bibliography), type-written, double spaced, fifteen outside sources (beyond assigned readings in class). Papers are due no later than the beginning of our class meeting on April 11, 2013 (five points deducted for each day late--April 12 will be counted as the first penalty day—and the maximum to be deducted is 25 points). Students will submit two copies of their research paper. A "marked-up" copy will be returned during the final examination. Please do not ask for your paper to be returned early.
3. Warning: Begin your project ASAP. Do not wait until April to learn that you have to wait for inter-library loan materials. This is not an excuse for a substandard research paper. And always make a "back-up" file when using a computer. "Losing" your work on a computer is never an acceptable excuse.
4. Class Presentation: Normally, students will present the results of their research during class. If we schedule presentations, prepare your presentation carefully--it is advisable to use "working notes," but do not read your paper to the class. If you will require an overhead projector, wish to use power-point or any other special equipment, please provide me with several weeks advance notice. You will be provided with roughly ten minutes for your presentation and five minutes for Q & A. Practice your presentation prior to class. Under no circumstance will students exceed the ten minute limit! As noted, however, presentations may be cancelled this semester (spring 2013) due to special circumstances!
Facilities at MSU:
James Brady, The
Marines of Autumn (
Kappa Senoh, A Boy
Called H: A Childhood in Wartime
John F. Copper,
Dog’s Daughter. Autobiographical novel
about the life of a Chinese woman and her journey from the horrors of
Empire of the Sun (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984). Autobiographical novel
of a spoiled English boy whose life of luxury in
Laura Tyson Li,
Madame Chiang Kai-shek (
(7) Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao (New York: Random House, 1994). The highly controversial account of the life of Chairman Mao Zedong that was written by his personal physician.
GRADUATE STUDENT DISCUSSION LEADERS:
From time to time, graduate students will be expected to summarize readings and lead class discussion. The instructor will appoint discussion leaders. The graduate student should prepare a short talk outlining the major points of the article and distribute a short handout to students and the professor. A power-point presentation is acceptable. Undergraduates are encouraged to ask penetrating questions!!!
MSU switched to the “plus and minus” grading system. The system used in this class is as follows:
EXAM I: 25%
EXAM II: 25%
FINAL EXAM: 25%
Your final grade will be based upon examination scores (roughly 20% each), the research paper (roughly 20%), the book report (15%) and evidence of preparation for class and meaningful contribution to class discussion (roughly 5%). From time to time, graduate students will be called upon to present summaries of assigned reading to the class (see below). Being unprepared or failing to attend class may lower your grade. Most students should expect a breakdown which approximates the following:
EXAM I: 20%
EXAM II: 20%
BOOK REPORT 15%
FINAL EXAM: 20%
CLASS PRESENTATIONS 5%
To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director
of Disability Services,
Plaster Student Union,
Students who require assistance
during an emergency evacuation must discuss their needs with their professors
and Disability Services. If you have emergency medical information to share with
me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated,
please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.
For additional information students should contact the
Office of Disability Services,
836-4192 (PSU 405), or Larry Combs, Interim Assistant Director of
Public Safety and
Transportation at 836-6576. For
further information on
SHOWING PROPER RESPECT FOR OTHERS IN THE CLASSROOM:
Please do not arrive late for class or leave class early. If you talk, annoy your neighbors or engage in other disruptive activity during the lecture period, you will be asked to leave. If one of your classmates engages in disruptive activity, bring it to the attention of the instructor--do NOT wait until the end of the semester. And, if you are too tired to stay awake in class, you should be home in bed! What about cell phones, pagers and such? See comments above.
TOPICS: INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIA (AND INTRODUCTION TO
(1). "The Pacific Rim: Diversity and Interconnection" in Global Studies, Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition (Guilford, CT: Dushkin/McGraw Hill, 2013), pp.2-16.
(2) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan. Introduction and Chapter 1.
PART I: P.R. OF CHINA AND HONG KONG, S.A.R.
WEEK TWO: January 24, 2013
(1)China Country Report in Global Studies, Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition, pp.66-79
(2) China Country Report in Global Studies, China, 14th Edition, pp.4--48.
(3) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapters 2, 3 4 and 5.
(4) Dennis V. Hickey, "Returning to Teach
(5) Dennis V. Hickey, “The Roots of Chinese Xenophobia,” The World & I, July 2002, pp.26-31 (article will be emailed to students)
VIEW: CULTURAL REVOLUTION POSTER PAGE
CULTURAL REVOLUTION POSTER PAGE
WEEK THREE: January 31, 2013
TOPICS: China Today: Politics and Security
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 5 and 6
(2) “Think Again: China” Article 1 in China, 14th Edition
(3) “Think Again: China’s Military” Article 2 in China, 14th Edition
(4) “China Will Not be the World’s Deputy Sheriff” Article 22 in China, 14th Edition
(5) “China Extends Trade with Iran,” Article 23 in China, 14th Edition
(6) “Africa Builds as Beijing Scrambles to Invest,” Article 24 in China 14th Edition.
(7) “A New China Requires a New US Strategy,” Article 25 in China 14th Edition
(8) Dennis V. Hickey, “Sino-US Ties,” China Daily, December 6, 2011 on the world wide web at:
TOPICS: Chinese Society
(1) “Is China Afraid of Its Own People,” Article 5 in China, 14th Edition
(2) “Mania on the Mainland,” Article 15 in China, 14th Edition
(3) “Chinese Acquire Taste for French Wine,” Article 19 in China, 14th Edition
"More than just
Income Gap to Bridge," CHINA DAILY, January 27, 2010, p. A9
[co-authored with Takashi Kawamoto on the world wide web at:
(5) Hong Kong in China, 14th Edition, pp.49-70 and Hong Kong in Japan Eleventh Edition pp. 86-95.
FILM: A short film on
WEEK SIX: February 21, 2013
REQUIRED READING :
(1) “Taiwan Country Report” in China, 14th Edition
(2) "Taiwan Country Report" in Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition
(3) "Breathing Easier on Taiwan: Ma Ying-jeou's Reelection Lowers the Chances for New Tensions with Mainland China," THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 17, 2012, p.A13. On the world wide web at:
WEEK SEVEN: February 28, 2013
TOPICS: Taiwan’s Relations with the Chinese Mainland and the USA
(1) Dennis V. Hickey, "Wake Up to Reality: Taiwan, the Chinese Mainland and Peace Across the Taiwan Strait," forthcoming in, THE JOURNAL OF CHINESE POLITICAL SCIENCE, Spring 2013. Will be emailed to Students
(2) Dennis V. Hickey, "Rapprochement between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland: Implications for American Foreign Policy," THE JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA, Volume 20, Number 69, March 2011, pp.231-247. Will be emailed to students.
(3) Dennis V. Hickey, "Washington-Taipei Security Ties During the Post-Normalization Era and the Dispute over US Arms Sales to Taiwan," The University of South Carolina's 2012 Conference on Taiwan Issues, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, September 6-7, 2012. Will be emailed to students.
(4) “Taiwan Jet Deal,” Article 14 in Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition.
(5) Dennis V. Hickey, “US Should Support East China Sea Initiative,” Taipei Times, November 14, 2012 on the world wide web at:
TOPICS: Republic of Korea
(1)Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 7-10 and 12.
(2)“South Korea” in Japan and the Pacific Rim. Eleventh Edition
(3)The Korean Peninsula on the Verge,” Article 13 in Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition
TOPICS: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapter 11.
(2) “North Korea,” Article 13 in Japan and the Pacific Rim, Eleventh Edition.
(3) More articles will be emailed to students
FILM: A short film on
PART III: JAPAN, SINGAPORE & VIETNAM
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of
East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan,
Chapters 13, 14, 15 and 16.
(2)"Japan” in Japan and the Pacific Rim,
TOPICS: JAPAN: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEFENSE
(1) Louis D. Hayes, Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan, Chapters 17 and 18,
(2) Dennis V. Hickey and Lilly Kelan Lu, "
(3) “In Japan, New Nationalism Takes Hold,” Chapter 9 in Japan and the Pacific Rim
Other readings will be emailed to students.
WEEK FIFTEEN: April 25, 2013
(1) Singapore Country Report in in Japan and the Pacific Rim,
(2) Vietnam Country Report in Japan and the Pacific Rim
(3) “The Vietnam Case,” in Japan and the Pacific Rim.
(4) Other readings on Vietnam and Singapore will be emailed to students
WEEK SIXTEEN: May 2, 2013
CLASS PRESENTATIONS BY ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS AND SOME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (if they are not canceled due to guest speakers—see information above)
CLASS PRESENTATIONS BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (if they are not canceled due to guest speakers—see information above)
January 14: Spring Classes Begin
February 14: Exam One
March 9-17: Spring Break
March 28-31: Spring Holiday
April 4: Exam Two
April 11: Papers Due
April 12: Last Day to Drop
May 16: Final Exam
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