POL3515 - Comparative and International Politics in Japan and East-Asia


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2022/2023

Course content

The course focuses mainly on East Asian politics and society. The main focus is on the post-Cold War, the rise of techno-economic dynamics in East Asia, the emergence of multilateral institutions, East Asian "values" versus Western "values", the war against terrorism, the rise of China and its complex relationship with Japan and the U.S. and the East Asian countries' relationship to Europe. The course also provides an insight into the domestic political systems in Japan, China and Korea. It also examines different scenarios for the Asian regional politics and the different countries' domestic politics and the region's place in and impact on the global political system of our century.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:- have knowledge of how theory and empirical data are tied together in political science research work in the field of East-Asia and international politics.Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:- treat one of the themes which was discussed in instruction in an independent empirical analytical manner which fulfills the requirements for scientific writing.- be able to orally discuss and reflect over one's own written work and the themes which were taken up during teaching.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars equivalent to 4 hours per week. Guidance in writing the term paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Book presentation

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Term paper and oral examination. Length of term paper: 6000-8000 words. The oral exam contains questions from both the term paper and the rest of the pensum. The oral exam will be used to adjust the term paper’s grade by a maximum of one grade. Both the term paper and the oral exam must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

Given at the start of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


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