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Politics and Policy Studies – Japanese Politics and Global Studies

What is power? Who has power? How did they get it? What do citizens want, what do citizens get?

The answers to these questions dominate every aspect of our lives. In our complex and interdependent world, responsible politics requires discourse, broad-based citizen participation and responsive leadership. To that end, the Politics and Policy Studies Concentration promotes the critical analysis of politics and public policy, with both a Japan and a comparative focus.

This concentration equips students with the tools to frame important questions; conduct theory-driven research; provide evidence-based answers; write clearly and persuasively; and participate in lively discussions. When theory and systematic empirical analysis drive purposeful analysis, significant insights for our communities and for the world emerge.

Major Courses for this concentration

  • The Politics of Growth in Developing Countries
  • Winners and Losers: Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Japanese Law
  • Power and Politics in Japan
  • Introduction to Comparative Policymaking
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Peace and Conflict

● Each course is two credits.
  • Citizen Politics in Japan and Beyond
  • International Relations in East Asia
  • Postwar Japan - U.S. Relations
  • What Makes Countries Poor?
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Political Behavior, Campaigns and Elections
  • Civic Engagement
  • Public Opinion and Political Psychology

● Each course is two credits.
  • Topics in Public Policy
  • Mass Media in the Policymaking Process
  • International Law and Organizations
  • International Political Economy
  • Development and Law
  • Topics in Japan’s Contemporary International Relations
  • Social Movements and Contentious Politics
  • Politics through Film

● Each course is two credits.