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PEIR Lecture Politics


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for the course.


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

Total course load 5EC x 28 hours= 140 hours

  • Lectures: 2 hours x 12=24 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 4 hours x 12=48 hours

  • Assignment(s) Essay: 50 hours

  • Preparation in-class test: 18 hours

Assessment method

  1. mini in-class test with closed questions and essay questions (30%)
  2. a written essay of 2,000 words (70%)

Essay topics will be provided by the course coordinator.

Debriefing exam:

Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor within 30 days of the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • accessing to the syllabus, lectuer slides, links

  • uploading written assignments

Reading list

Hayes, Louis D. 2018. Introduction to Japanese Politics 6th ed. New York: Rourledge.
Kingston, Jeff. 2014. Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan. London: Routledge.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


M. Nakamura