シラバス Syllabus

授業名 Introduction to Politics
Course Title Introduction to Politics
担当教員 Instructor Name 前川 和歌子(Wakako Maekawa)
コード Couse Code NUC413_N21A
授業形態 Class Type 講義 Regular course
授業形式 Class Format Live Virtual
単位 Credits 2
言語 Language EN
科目区分 Course Category 教養教育科目 / Liberal Arts
学位 Degree BBA
開講情報 Terms / Location 2021 UG Nisshin Term1

授業の概要 Course Overview


This course is an introduction to the study of politics. This course aims to provide students with basic concepts and theories of politics using cases that cover current topics in the world and historical contents. Through discussions of cases, students will be able to train their critical thinking and effective communication. By obtaining skills to critically analyze various political events happening around the world, students are expected to improve their skills to find solutions for political problems that exist within society across the world. This will ultimately lead to help students obtaining “the ability to bridge the gap between New Asia and the rest of the world”, which is a school’s mission.
Political events happening around the world look complicated at first glance. Are there patterns across political phenomenon? How can we predict outcomes of political phenomenon? By learning basic concepts and theories of politics, students will learn how to analyze political events from various perspectives.
This course aims to provide basic concepts and theories of politics. By learning concepts, students will have better understanding of political phenomenon. In addition, by learning and discussing theories, students will obtain analytical skills as well as ability to provide insight into political events.

本授業の該当ラーニングゴール Learning Goals

*本学の教育ミッションを具現化する形で設定されています。

LG1 Critical Thinking
LG2 Diversity Awareness
LG3 Ethical Decision Making
LG4 Effective Communication
LG7 International Perspectives (BA)

受講後得られる具体的スキルや知識 Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course, students will be able to understand basic concepts of politics (such as representations, elections, political systems, political parties), which are required to analyze various political events in the world. In addition, they will be able to improve their skills to think critically to find solutions for political problems.

SDGsとの関連性 Relevance to Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 16 平和と公正をすべての人に(Peace and Justice Strong Institutions)

教育手法 Teaching Method

教育手法 Teaching Method % of Course Time
インプット型 Traditional 20 %
参加者中心型 Participant-Centered Learning ケースメソッド Case Method 80 %
フィールドメソッド Field Method 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

学習方法、レポート、課題に対するフィードバック方法 Course Approach, Report, Feedback methods

1. Before attending each class session, students must be prepared for discussions. Students are expected to read mandatory readings and cases in advance. For each case, assignment questions will be provided in advance. At the beginning of week 2, 4, and 5, students are required to submit a “preparation report”, in which they state answers for assignment questions. The “preparation report” should be within 1-2 pages, describing your main arguments for assignment questions. Regarding week 1, 3, 6, and 7, there is no need to submit a preparation report.
2. If students are interested in further understanding of the materials, they are welcome to read materials from additional reading lists.
3. Each students’ work (reports and tests) will be commented personally in written format.
4. Please use library effectively. It is recommended to read relevant books from library as your self-study.

授業スケジュール Course Schedule

第1日(Day1)

Topic: What is politics?
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 1
Additional reading materials: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 2 & Chapter 3


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Trump Administration: International and Domestic Politics”

第2日(Day2)

Topic: Representation, Elections and Voting
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 9
Additional reading materials: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 4 & Chapter 8


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Majoritarian and Proportional Representation (PR) Systems: Different Paths and Effects of PR Systems – New Zealand and Iraq”

第3日(Day3)

Topic: Parties and Party Systems
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 10
Additional reading materials: Lijphart, A. (2012) “Party Systems: Two-Party and Multiparty Patterns.” in Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Yale University Press.


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Party Competition in Japan and Britain”

第4日(Day4)

Topic: Groups, Interests and Movements
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 11
Additional reading materials: Polletta, F., & Jasper, J. M. (2001) “Collective Identity and Social Movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 27(1): 283-305. Chenoweth, E., Stephan, M. J., & Stephan, M. J. (2011) Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Columbia University Press.


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Emergence and Diffusion of Protests: Arab Spring – Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt”

第5日(Day5)

Topic: Governments, Systems and Regimes
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 12
Additional reading materials: Lijphart, A. (2012) Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Yale University Press. Brooker, P. (2014) “Authoritarian Regimes” in Comparative Politics, fourth edition. Oxford University Press.


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Myanmar: From Military Regime to Democracy”

第6日(Day6)

Topic: Constitutions, Law, Judges and Public Policy
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 15 & Chapter 16.; Putnam, R. (1988) "Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games" International Organization 42(3): 427-460.
Additional reading materials: Domingo, P. (2004) “Judicialization of politics or politicization of the judiciary? Recent trends in Latin America.” Democratization 11(1): 104-126. Peters, B. G. (2014) The Politics of Bureaucracy. Routledge.


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Policy-making in Japan: The Case of Trans-Pacific Partnership”

第7日(Day7)

Topic: Multilevel Politics
Mandatory readings: Heywood, A. (2013) Chapter 17
Additional reading materials: Hutchcroft, P. D. (2001) “Centralization and Decentralization in Administration and Politics: Assessing Territorial Dimensions of Authority and Power.” Governance 14(1): 23-53. Sambanis, N., & Milanovic, B. (2014) “Explaining Regional Autonomy Differences in Decentralized Countries.” Comparative Political Studies 47(13): 1830-1855.


●使用するケース
Case: Original case “Decentralization in Asia and Africa”

成績評価方法 Evaluation Criteria

*成績は下記該当項目を基に決定されます。
講師用内規準拠 Method of Assessment Weights
予習レポート Preparation Report 20 %
コールドコール Cold Call 0 %
授業内での挙手発言 Class Contribution 50 %
ケース試験 Case Exam 0 %
参加者による相互評価 Peer Assessment 0 %
シミュレーション成績 Simulation 0 %
小テスト Quizzes / Tests 0 %
最終レポート Final Report 30 %
期末試験 Final Exam 0 %
合計 Total 100 %

評価の留意事項 Notes on Evaluation Criteria

Regarding reports, please use reference correctly.

使用ケース一覧 List of Cases

    ケースは使用しません。

教科書 Textbook

  • Heywood, Andrew「Politics, fifth edition.」Palgrave Macmillan(2019)

参考文献・資料 Additional Readings and Resource

Lijphart, A. (2012) Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries. Yale University Press.
Brooker, P. (2014) Comparative Politics, fourth edition. Oxford University Press.
Putnam, R. (1988) "Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games" International Organization 42(3): 427-460
Domingo, P. (2004) “Judicialization of politics or politicization of the judiciary? Recent trends in Latin America.” Democratization 11(1): 104-126.
Peters, B. G. (2014) The Politics of Bureaucracy. Routledge.
Polletta, F., & Jasper, J. M. (2001) “Collective Identity and Social Movements.” Annual Review of Sociology 27(1): 283-305.
Hutchcroft, P. D. (2001) “Centralization and Decentralization in Administration and Politics: Assessing Territorial Dimensions of Authority and Power.” Governance 14(1): 23-53.
Sambanis, N., & Milanovic, B. (2014) “Explaining Regional Autonomy Differences in Decentralized Countries.” Comparative Political Studies 47(13): 1830-1855.
Chenoweth, E., Stephan, M. J., & Stephan, M. J. (2011) Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. Columbia University Press.

授業調査に対するコメント Comment on Course Evaluation

Regarding cases, I will integrate the updated information so that it will reflect the current events as well.

担当教員のプロフィール About the Instructor 

【学歴】
2014-2015 英国エセックス大学 政治学部 国際関係学修士課程 (MA in International Relations)
2015ー2018 英国エセックス大学 政治学部 政治学博士課程 (Ph.D. in Government) 

【研究分野】
内戦、比較政治学、国際政治学、国際機関と平和構築

【Educations】
2014-2015 University of Essex Department of Government MA in International Relations
2015-2018 University of Essex Department of Government Ph.D. in Government

【Research Area】
Civil War, Comparative Politics, International Politics, International Organizations and Peacebuilding

(実務経験 Work experience)

【職務経歴】
2018-2019 米国カリフォルニア大学サンディエゴ校 政治学部 ポスドク研究員
2019-2020 神戸大学 法学研究科 研究員
2019-2020 外務省 専門分析員
2020ー現在  名古屋商科大学 経済学部 専任講師

【Employment】
2018-2019 University of California, San Diego, Department of Political Science, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Postdoctoral Scholar
2019-2020 Kobe University, Graduate School of Law, Researcher
2019-2020 Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, Research and analysis specialist
2020-present Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Faculty of Economics, Assistant Professor

Refereed Articles

  • (2020) Strategic Territorial Power-sharing and Multi-party Bargaining in Civil Wars. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
  • (2019) External Supporters and Negotiated Settlement: Political Bargaining in Solving Governmental Incompatibility. Journal of Conflict Resolution 63(3):
  • (2018) UN Involvement and Civil War Peace Agreement Implementation. Public Choice 178






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