Unit Four Study Session!

Hi! You have a test coming up on Thursday.  In order to help you prepare for your test, I strongly suggest that you:

I will be running an online study session via YouTube livestream from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on February 5th.  You can go here to watch live and participate in the live chat, where you can ask me questions.  If you can’t watch live, come back and check the space below to watch the archived video.  Remember, I will ONLY review with you as long as there are questions.  Once I’ve answered the last question, I’m going to stop!

Study hard, guys.

 

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Current Event 2: People’s Republic of China

You know the drill by now, guys– you should use ONE of the sources linked below and choose a current event about the People’s Republic of China which has to do with current public policy, political debate, or governance. Read the article carefully, and then fill out the form below.

(Note: if you’ve had issues in the past with your article not submitting, please [1] check that your WiFi is stable, and [2] consider writing out your answers in a separate file, and then copy-pasting them into the form. That way if the information fails to go through, you still have a record of what you wrote and won’t have to do it twice.)

News Sources for the People’s Republic of China:

Current Event 1: People’s Republic of China

You know the drill by now, guys– you should use ONE of the sources linked below and choose a current event about the People’s Republic of China which has to do with current public policy, political debate, or governance.  Read the article carefully, and then fill out the form below.

(Note: if you’ve had issues in the past with your article not submitting, please [1] check that your WiFi is stable, and [2] consider writing out your answers in a separate file, and then copy-pasting them into the form.  That way if the information fails to go through, you still have a record of what you wrote and won’t have to do it twice.)

News Sources for the People’s Republic of China:

 

Harkness Discussion Questions: “B” Day Classes!

Okay, you know the drill: please choose THREE of the following questions to answer on the Fukuyama and Sabatini readings for your first Harkness discussion this unit. This will be due the next time I see you!

1. How does understanding the history behind Eastern Asian governments help us as a Western
society better understand countries such as China and Japan today?
2. Why do you think China is mostly always used as a baseline to compare other Eastern Asian
governments and their practices?
3. If you could add another category of state modernity to be examined while looking at state
performance (beyond institutionalization, recruitment, and responsiveness), what would it be and
why?
4. In what ways has political corruption in infrastructure in the BRICS worsened with their political
development? What connection does the corruption have to the “moral accountability” Fukuyama
mentions?
5. Do you believe it is justifiable for a country with a struggling economy to adopt an authoritarian
system purely for economic development, since it was successful in China?
6. On pg. 64, Fukayama states that the CCP’s “greatest problem with regard to institutionalization is
adaptability”. Do you think it would be a wise decision for neighbouring East Asian countries to
try and adapt China’s system if their governments are already unstable?
7. On page 62, Fukuyama states that we must understand the nature of the authoritarian government
in East Asia to understand the nature of democracy, do you agree with his claim, why do you
think he said that?
8. Sabatini reveals on page 67 that Grand Infrastructure undertakings in Germany, Japan, and the
United States have become a symbol of a world power due to their mastery of technology, are
there any other states that could fall under this claim, and why is this important not only
economically, but politically as well?

9. On page 66, Fukuyama states, “China’s may force unpopular decisions on the unwilling
populace, it risks generating a social explosion ”. Do you believe this reflects more on the
country’s success or should China’s economy reflect if their system is working?
10. What parts of the Chinese model of economic development are we likely to see expanded to other
countries, why? Or is the development of the modern Chinese economy a unique situation.

“A” Day Harkness Discussion Questions!

Sorry for not having these as handouts, guys! Getting back into the swing of things is hard. Here are the Harkness discussion questions for the Fukuyama and Sabatini readings.  You will need to choose THREE of the questions listed and answer them fully on a separate sheet of paper.  This will be due at the start of class on Wednesday.

  1. Fukuyama writes, “The field of comparative politics has developed a rich vocabulary for categorizing and analyzing liberal-democratic regimes… the same cannot be said for the analysis of non-democratic systems.” Why do you think that’s the case? 
  2. Why is it important to not only observe democracy, but to also compare it to other forms of government? How do the comparisons allow us to adjust our way of viewing authoritarian systems?
  3. Fukuyama talks about why Japan successfully adopted democracy, specifically under “U.S. tutelage”. What are some of the reasons why China did not adopt true democracy?
  4. While some aspects of China’s government remain corrupt, how has its regime changed in the last fifty years to advance in such a fast-paced, globalized world?
  5. How might government infrastructure project contribute to corruption? How might the concept of kleptocracy relate to this idea?
  6. Why do you think democratic countries will compare themselves to China instead of other democratic nations on a global scale?
  7. Why would the BRICS want to create the New Development Bank, instead of using the World Bank or regional banks?
  8. Why, out of any countries, did Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa create BRICS? How do you think it has impacted their countries since then?
  9. How do you think the scandals in their countries affect other countries that they trade with? Does it impact them?
  10. How has China’s growing economy affected the development of other parts of the world, particularly Southeast Asia?
  11. How has China’s economic policy shifted since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States under Nixon?

 

Inclement Weather Work, “B” Day: Part Four Million and Two

This is just a repost of what I put up yesterday, because “B” Day will need to do the same work as “A” Day. Okay? Okay.

Well, I’m still sick, and it’s still icy. (I’m actually feeling a little better today. And basically all the ice around me has melted. But if the roads are still dicey near you, please be smart and stay off the roads until they melt.)  But you’re all going to play along and do your work at home, right?

Right.

So here’s what I need you to do today:

  1. We SHOULD be doing a Harkness discussion today, but I was so sick yesterday and the day before that I didn’t get your question sheets out to everyone fast enough, so! I’ll have questions ready for you the next time we’re in class, and you’ll have to write out some answers for me as a homework assignment. But until then, make sure that you’ve read the Fukuyama and BRIC article before I see you again, okay?
  2. We’re going to start on some quick Chinese political history review, okay? You’re going to need your reading packet for this unit, a blank sheet of printer paper, markers/colored pencils, and about half an hour to work.
  3. Using your reading packet, you are going to research ONE of the following time periods:
  • If your last name begins with A through G, you’re going to focus on centralization and dynastic rule (beginning on pg. 421)
  • If your last name begins with H through L, you’re going to focus on “Affluence without Industrialization” (pgs. 422-424)
  • If your last name begins with M through R, you’re going to focus on “Consolidation of Communist Regime/Mao” (pgs. 426-429)
  • And if your last name begins with S through Z, you’re going to focus on “Reform and Opening” (pgs. 429-430)

On your blank sheet of paper, you are going to use the information in the reading packet (and any outside research you feel compelled to do) to create a BROAD annotated timeline of the important political events which occurred during your period.  Let’s shoot for at least FIVE major political events, okay?

You should also include, either on the timeline itself, or somewhere on the paper itself, information about at least ONE major political leader from the period, and information about any important political movements which occurred.

Your timeline should also include a central image of some sort: if there is ONE THING someone should know about this period in Chinese history, what is it?

You might want to make these pretty good, because it’s POSSIBLE I might let you put them on the walls and use them during a quiz or something….

 

(Also, I am so tired of writing distance learning plans. I need it to be Monday, stat. We’re going to be running to catch up, guys.)

Inclement Weather Plans, “A” Day: Part Four Million and One.

Well, I’m still sick, and it’s still icy. But you’re all going to play along and do your work at home, right?

Right.

So here’s what I need you to do today:

  1. We SHOULD be doing a Harkness discussion today, but I was so sick yesterday and the day before that I didn’t get your question sheets out to everyone fast enough, so! I’ll have questions ready for you the next time we’re in class, and you’ll have to write out some answers for me as a homework assignment. But until then, make sure that you’ve read the Fukuyama and BRIC article before I see you again, okay?
  2. We’re going to start on some quick Chinese political history review, okay? You’re going to need your reading packet for this unit, a blank sheet of printer paper, markers/colored pencils, and about half an hour to work.
  3. Using your reading packet, you are going to research ONE of the following time periods:
  • If your last name begins with A through G, you’re going to focus on centralization and dynastic rule (beginning on pg. 421)
  • If your last name begins with H through L, you’re going to focus on “Affluence without Industrialization” (pgs. 422-424)
  • If your last name begins with M through R, you’re going to focus on “Consolidation of Communist Regime/Mao” (pgs. 426-429)
  • And if your last name begins with S through Z, you’re going to focus on “Reform and Opening” (pgs. 429-430)

On your blank sheet of paper, you are going to use the information in the reading packet (and any outside research you feel compelled to do) to create a BROAD annotated timeline of the important political events which occurred during your period.  Let’s shoot for at least FIVE major political events, okay?

You should also include, either on the timeline itself, or somewhere on the paper itself, information about at least ONE major political leader from the period, and information about any important political movements which occurred.

Your timeline should also include a central image of some sort: if there is ONE THING someone should know about this period in Chinese history, what is it?

You might want to make these pretty good, because it’s POSSIBLE I might let you put them on the walls and use them during a quiz or something….

Inclement Weather Plans for “B” Day: Part Four Million

Well, I won’t lie: I’m actually kind of glad we’re out today, to a certain extent, because I’m sick. But that doesn’t change the fact that we’re getting into tricky waters, what with the significant number of days we’ve missed this year so far.  So here’s what I need you guys to do for me today:

  1. Please review the PowerPoint linked here: Comparing Outcomes. You’ll be looking at measures we’ll be using to assess how successful countries are in reaching certain goals, like wealth, income equality, or happiness.  There are two Crash Course Economics videos linked in the PPT (one on income inequality, and the other on happiness), and you should watch BOTH of them.
  2. CHECK YOUR EMAIL! I’ll send out the notifications for your first Harkness discussion by the afternoon (I’m sorry I’ve been slow this round), and be ready to go with the first reading when I see you next time.

Review Game for Unit Three!

Please make sure that you’ve worked through your Unit Three Study Guide before the test tomorrow, and watch the online study session linked in the previous blog post– hopefully that will help you understand any material you’re still missing.

You might also find it useful to take the following review quiz: go to http://join.quizizz.com and use the code 989669 to play as many times as you like!

Additionally, you may find it useful to work through this comparative chart to compare and gontrast the political and governmental systems of the UK and Russia– remember, this is a COMPARATIVE course, so you can expect some questions to ask you to compare what you know about the UK to the Russian Federation.  Here’s a chart you can use to help: UK_Russia Comparative

Your test, remember, will have 55 questions timed at 45 minutes, and will also contain a short answer question.

Unit Three Study Session: Russian Federation and Non-Democratic Regimes

Okay, guys! The study session will run live on YouTube from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on December 17th (that’s today), but if you can’t watch live, you can always catch up by watching the archived version located here:

I’m still not sure if the chat function is going to work this time– it should, but no promises, okay?– so if it doesn’t, you’ll need to send me your questions via Remind or Twitter.  Contact me @GallowayTeaches, or use the hashtag #AskMsGalloway, and I’ll see your questions.

See you soon!