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PEIR Lecture Politics



In this course, students will learn the history and processes of Japanese politics. They will learn about the formal and constitutional make up of the Japanese political system, as well as the informal processes that structure how power is actually distributed in Japan. They will learn about how elections, party systems, the media, channel the interests of the public into political representation and debate, and discuss how these processes affect how political issues are dealt with in Japan.

Course objectives

Students will learn about the history and contemporary state of Japanese politics.
Students will learn about the central issues in postwar and contemporary Japanese politics.
Students will adapt their knowledge of essay writing from the academic skills course in order to write effectively on a particular prescribed question.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC. Students will be required to read at least the equivalent of a book chapter and an academic article (a ballpark figure is 60-80 pages) for each lesson. As this is a fat course, there will usually be two lessons per week. Students will also need to plan for a 1500 word essay due in the latter half of the course, and they should attend all 12 lectures. Time management to complete these tasks is the responsibility of each individual student.

Assessment method

This class will be examined by one mini in-class test (30 percent) and a written essay of 1,500 words (70 percent).


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Uploading essays

  • Reporting grades

Reading list

Textbook to be announced.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable