Comparative Asian Politics [CRN 79585]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Rosencranz
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1530
End: 1650
Field Work: October 25, 2017 | India
Prerequisites: One (1) comparative government and politics course or equivalent course. Per the Instructor: the prerequisite is waived. Download Syllabus

The course will spend five weeks each on India and China, focusing on their economic development; energy issues; forests and wildlife; water quantity and quality; trade balances and disputes; population; plans for growth; security issues; nationalism; education; and the tensions and territorial claims in the South China Sea. We’ll devote four weeks to Japan, with the same issues; also  one week on Pakistan, because it is so involved with both India and China on finance, trade, water, nuclear competition and Islamic fundamentalism.

Field Work

Country: India
Date: October 25, 2017

Semester at Sea students will have the opportunity to interact with students from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies. Over lunch, students will be able to compare and contrast important political, economic, and societal issues in the state of Kerala versus the U.S. Afterwards, we’ll travel by boat along Cochin’s inland waterways — viewing shoreline homes, birds and marine life.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about Kerala’s politics and economy.
2. Learn about Kerala’s religions, literacy, gender equality and society.
3. Learn about India through Kerala’s relations with the Modi-led central government.