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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Summer 2004

GOV s312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85440 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
WEL 3.502

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government.

In peace and in war, before and after the invasion of Iraq, East Asia has been a vital area for the United States. Here the four leading powers of recent history - the US, Russia, Japan, and China - interact. Relations with Japan and China have affected every American for good and ill. In a different way, Korea and Vietnam have presented challenges to US foreign policy. The history, economy, politics, and culture of China and Japan will be addressed. Also the experience, problems, and prospects of regional organization in East Asia. We will seek to answer several questions: What are American interests in East Asia? What are the likely future challenges posed by China and Japan? How has the Bush Administration's overthrow of regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq affected the U. S. world role? Is there a choice between idealism and realism, and between engagement and containment?

Grading Policy

The course requires coming to all classes, keeping ahead of the weekly readings, and attending and contributing to class discussions. Evaluation will be as follows: Midterm Exam - 30% Final Exam - 60% Class Attendance and Participation - 10% Class Attendance and Participation - worth 10%

To do well in the course, it will be essential to come to lectures, read every assigned chapter and article, and join fully in discussions. In regard to any test, students with particular needs should obtain approval for special arrangements in advance.


All readings are contained in a course packet available for purchase at: Abel's Copy 715 West 23rd 472-5353 Some of the frequently used books are available in paperback at the Co-op and other book stores.


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