EAST ASIAN POLITICS

EAST ASIAN POLITICS
Paper instructions:
Course objective and grading criteria: demonstrate your good mastery and understanding of the course materials, reflecting on both readings and lectures, conceptual ability to develop logical arguments about political or policy issues, critical thinking, systematic evaluation, and writing skill. All cited materials must be footnoted with page numbers.

Books needed:
(I’ve attached the google book link)

1)Chinese Politics and Government: Power, Ideology and Organization (Routledge, 2012) By: Sujian Guo

http://books.google.com/books?id=N08ZbpAdIEYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Sujian+Guo%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XFQlU_WGBYaBogTmhIKIBQ&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false
2) Introduction to Japanese Politics (New York: Paragon House, 2001) by: Louis D. Hayes

http://books.google.com/books?id=9bcO2TlTQ24C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Introduction+to+Japanese+Politics+(&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n1QlU9G_Bo2CogSSv4DQBQ&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Introduction%20to%20Japanese%20Politics%20(&f=false
3) Understanding Korean Politics (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001) by: Soong Hoom Kil and Chung-in Moon

http://books.google.com/books?id=sYRP6VAwTP4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Understanding+Korean+Politics+(Albany:+SUNY+Press,+2001)&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xlQlU-PUNtfeoASFwoGYAw&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Understanding%20Korean%20Politics%20(Albany%3A%20SUNY%20Press%2C%202001)&f=false
4) Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (Westview, 1999) by: John F. Copper

http://books.google.com/books?id=u9Bd-bnGnasC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Taiwan:+Nation-State+or+Province?&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6FQlU6v5OozioATepYCwAw&ved=0CC0Q6wEwAA#v=onepage&q=Taiwan%3A%20Nation-State%20or%20Province%3F&f=false

ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS

1. Since the late 1980s, both Taiwan and South Korea have experienced similar political development from authoritarianism to democracy. Reflecting on both readings and lectures, you are asked to write an essay explaining what factors and how each of these factors contributed to the same transition outcome in Taiwan and South Korea.

2. Reflecting on both readings and lectures, you are asked to compare the similarities and differences between Chinese Confucianism and Korean Confucianism.

3. Reflecting on both readings and lectures, you are asked to discuss the major characteristics of the East Asian Model and explain why the countries of East Asia made much greater economic success than the other developing countries.

4. Reflecting on readings, you are asked to answer the following questions: What different theoretical approaches in the study of East Asian security? What are the new features of Asian security in the post-Cold War as compared to that of the Cold War? What is the security dilemma in post-Cold War Asia? What is the role of the United States in this region?
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