Special Topics in Comparative Politics: US and Japanese Civil Society
What is the class like?
Each year, the faculty at Rutgers and Ritsumeikan choose a topic for the class that is relevant to today's political climate. The 2013 topic is civil society. The class will consider questions such as the relationship between civil society and the state, the strength of modern civil society in the two countries, and the importance of civil society to domestic and international social movements. The class will have the opportunity to visit a variety of NGOs in the US and Japan to observe first-hand the functioning of civil society.
In the spring, students register for 790:389 Topics in Comparative Politics: U.S. and Japanese Civil Society, Part I (3.0 credits, M/W 5:35-6:55 PM). In the summer, students register for 790:389 Topics in Comparative Politics: U.S. and Japanese Civil Society, Part II (3.0 credits, M/W 5:35-6:55 PM). Students also have the option of completing an independent study in the summer for an additional 3 credits.
What will we read? Where will we go?
This website will be updated as the syllabus and schedule for 2013 is finalized, so stay tuned!