SS 205 Micronesian Governments and Politics/Spring 2002
Instructor: Mariana Ben Dereas
Office Hours: 2:00 to 3:00PM (daily)
COM-FSM Social Science Division/F-102
or by appointment: 320-2480/ext. 4510
This course examines the governments and politics of the island societies of Micronesia by focusing and studying such things as:
Ø Sequence of events that led to the introduction and institutionalization of Western political systems and practices in Micronesia.
Ø Issues underlining national political development such as the reconciliation of cultural and political identity; achievement of national unity and attempt to gain economic self-sufficiency; the impact of foreign aid on political autonomy; and the built-in tension between the national government and constituent state governments.
Ø The basic structures, functions, and operations of the FSM national, state, and local governments.
Ø The relationships between FSM national, state and local governments.
Ø FSM foreign relations, particularly between FSM and its Micronesian neighbors and the United States; FSM membership in the South Pacific Forum.
Ø Non-governmental forces of politics in FSM.
Ø The impact of the Compact on FSM sovereignty and politics.
1. Traditional political systems in Micronesia
2. Historical background
3. Forced political change and the response of the traditional system
4. Constitutionalism in Micronesia
5. Modern government and politics in Micronesia
6. Political sovereignty and the Compact of Free Association
7. Federalism and the FSM Constitution
8. Traditional leaders’ influence on politics and their formal role in government
Different modes of teaching will be utilized in order for students to have a comprehensive understanding of this course. They will include lecturing, occasional videos, written assignments, tests, and in class presentations and discussions.
The required textbook for this course is Remaking Micronesia: Discourses over Development in a Pacific Territory, 1944-1982. By David Hanlon.
*** This book is available for purchase at the COM-FSM bookstore.
** Extra reading materials/articles will be handed-out in class. Students are expected to read the materials and assigned chapters from text to discuss in class when called upon.
The grading system is as follows:
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
0-59 = F
Group Work = 30%
Tests = 50%
Weekly class format
Monday: Introduction of course and students
Wednesday and Friday: Concepts of Politics
v Last day to Add/Drop Friday January 18th!!!
Week Two – January 21/23/25
Monday and Wednesday: Traditional Government and Politics
Friday: Group Work – discussion on Tradition vs. Modernity
Week Three – January 28/30 and Feb. 1st
Monday and Wednesday: Pattern of Colonialism in Micronesia
Friday: Discussion on Colonialism
Week Four – February 4/6/8
Wednesday: Test #1
Friday: Begin Chapter 1 of text
Week Five – February 11/13/15
Week Six – February 18/20/22
Monday and Wednesday: Chapter 2/Questionnaires
Ø Friday: NO Class – Staff Development Day
Week Seven – February 25/27 and March 1
Monday: Group work
Friday: Test #2
Week Eight – March 4/6/8
Friday: Group Discussion
Week Nine – March 11/13/15
Monday and Wednesday: Chapter 4/Questionnaires
Friday: “Planning for Micronesia” – Group activity
Week Ten – March 18/20/22
Monday: Finish Chapter 4
Friday: Test #3
Week Eleven – March 25/27/29
Monday: Group Activity
Ø Wednesday and Friday: No Class – Easter Recess for Students/Good Friday
Week Twelve – April 1/3/5
Ø Monday: No Class – Cultural Day
Wednesday: Activity – “Beginning of Micronesia”, Video: “Micronesia – A Beginning”
Friday: Group Activity
Week Thirteen – April 8/10/12
Monday: Chapter 5/Questionnaires
Wednesday and Friday: Finish chapter 5; class discussion and activity “Constitutionalism”
Week Fourteen – April 15/17/19
Monday: Chapter 6/Questionnaires
Wednesday and Friday: Finish Chapter 6
Week Fifteen – April 22/24/26
Wednesday: Test #4
Friday: Begin Chapter 7/Questionnaires
Week Sixteen – April 29 and May 1/3
Monday and Wednesday: Chapter 7; video: “Prime Time on the Marshall Islands”,
Friday: Chapter 8 and The FSM Compact of Free Association
Week Seventeen – May 6/8/10
Monday: Discuss the Compact vs. other economic and political status
Wednesday: Continue discussion on Compact and Review for test#5
Ø Friday: No Class – FSM Constitution Day
Week Eighteen – May 13/14/15