General Course Descriptions for Terms: China
As its name implies, the Seminar on Legal Issues Affecting North America and East Asia will focus on contemporary topics involving Russian or East Asia economic, political, social or legal relations with the US. The first formal session of the seminar will be on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 6:30 PM at which we will discuss the current state of economic and legal relations between the US and East Asia. I expect to explore such topics as Sino-American economic relations, including the issue of the undervalued Rmb and the US policy of QE2, China’s relations with its neighbors as a result of the maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and the tense environment on the Korean Peninsula, but events between now and then may make these topics obsolete. As in past years, the heart of the seminar will be five videoconferences with students and faculty of Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East. The format of the five sessions, March 30, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 in Madison, will involve a live link-up with FENU beginning at 7:00 PM (10:00 AM, Thursday morning in Vladivostok). Each of the five sessions consists of an initial presentation originating in either Madison or Vladivostok and followed by questions and discussions from both sides. The seminar is conducted in English. The course will be taught in Madison by Professor Charles Irish and in Vladivostok by Professor Natalia Prisekina. The course will be offered for 2 credits. The course requirements are attendance and active participation in the five videoconferences and a 20 page research paper on a topic related to North America and/or East Asia. Although the first formal session of the seminar will be on March 23, work on the paper should begin at the beginning of the spring semester and proceed according to the following schedule:
Friday, February 4: selection of paper topic. Friday, February18: 1 ??" 2 page outline with a listing of the major sources. Wednesday, March 30: First draft of the paper. Wednesday, April 27: Final draft of the paper.Students interested in the course should contact Professor Irish by email at email@example.com and explain briefly why you are interested in the course. Because of the videoconference format, admission to the course will be limited to 12 students.
What roles do law and legal institutions play in economic development? Does legal system development lag economic development, or is a "good" legal system a prerequisite of economic development? If a "good" legal system is indeed a prerequisite, can institutions like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, or the aid agencies of the United States play a positive role in supporting legal system reform in developing countries? What economic theory would, or should, inform such efforts? What about democratic legitimacy, or national sovereignty? And what about countries like China, or South Korea before it, where high speed growth has gone hand in hand with seriously flawed legal orders? These are the kinds of questions we will explore throughout the semester, as we look at the history of ideas and practices in the field of Law & Development, as well as at national case studies. Students will write and present research papers on topics they choose, and these papers, together with class participation and short response papers, will provide the basis for grading. Students taking the course for 3 credits will produce a longer research paper than those who enroll for 2 credits