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Year 2018  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Global Asia Seminar II 01

Instructor HIRAKAWA, Sachiko
Term/Day/Period spring semester  Wed.2
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 11-910 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800003002 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code GENX102S
First Academic disciplines General Studies
Second Academic disciplines General Studies
Third Academic disciplines General Studies
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Seminar
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2018/02/24 11:51:14

Subtitle Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era
Course Outline

This seminar aims to understand the general history of Japan-China Relations especially focusing on the late 20thcentury. The People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, while Japan recovered its sovereignty in 1952. However, two countries did not enter formal diplomatic relations until 1972. Including private and quasi-governmental exchanges before normalization, the class examine the changes of each country's policy on the bilateral relationship amid the international environment. Through close reading of the textbook and open discussion, the students will analyze what factors tend to connect or separate each other and how the two countries should do in order to enhance regional cooperation in East Asia. Most sessions consist of student presentations and discussions, while the instructor gives additional background lectures. In addition, some extracurricular activities such as Yasukuni Shrine visit  and guest speaker's sessions are scheduled.

Objectives 1. To get general knowledge of historical events of Japan-China relations.
2. To analyze what factors connected and separated Japan and China in the modern era.
3. To think about how Japan and China can cooperate in East Asia.

before/after course of study Reflecting the chapter reading, all students are required to prepare questions and comments, be ready for discussions. Short summary and analytical papers are sometimes required to submit.
Course Schedule

The course covers the following contents of the textbook. Introductory and conclusive sessions are also scheduled.

1. Japan-China relations before 1949: between competitive coexistence and confrontation
2. Japan-China relations of the 1950s: forming relations with the "two Chinas"
3. Japan-China relations of the 1960s: caught between the "two Chinas"
4. Japan-China relations of the 1970s: international politics and restructuring of Japan-China relations
5. Japan-China relations of the 1980s: greater development and appearance of problems
6. Japan-China relations of the 1990s: rise of China and increase of frictions
7. Japan-China relations at the start of the twenty-first century: the rocky path to a strategic mutually beneficial relationship
8. The current state of Japan-China relations: navigating a fragile relationship
Textbooks Ryosei Kokubun, Yoshihide Soeya, Akio Takahara, and Shin Kawashima (Translated by Keith Krulak), Japan-China Relations in the Modern Era (Routledge, 2017)
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Papers: 70% 2 short summary papers 30%
Term paper 30%
Class Participation: 30% Class participation (presentation and discussion)
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