Comparative politics has tended to neglect Asia, the most economically vital region of the globe, while Asian studies has tended to be based fundamentally on an area studies approach cum single-country monographic analyses. This seminar attempts to look at Asian politics from a comparative perspective. Course requirements focus on intensive and extensive reading, as indicated by a series of brief comparative review-essays and lively class discussions. No formal course prerequisites.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.
This junior seminar falls within the "Comparative Politics" subfield, and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status, with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through TeleBEARS in Phase II. Selection and notification will occur around January 14, 2013. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar.