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Year 2018  School Center for International Education
Course Title
Summer Session (Politics II) 01

Instructor DABNEY, Dyron Keith
Term/Day/Period summer quarter  othersothers
Category Global Studies Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 実施場所未定 Campus waseda
Course Key 9800005014 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code POLX112L
First Academic disciplines Political Science
Second Academic disciplines Political Science
Third Academic disciplines Contemporary Politics/Political Process
Level Beginner, initial or introductory Types of lesson Lecture
  Open Courses

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2018/01/19 11:01:26

Subtitle Global Issues and Political Controversies in Japan and Asia
Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the study of international relations within the context of Asia-Pacific politics and Japanese foreign policy. Past, present and emerging transnational and transregional issues will be examined by way of public policy action/inaction. This is an overview of international relations theory, political culture, political institutions and political regimes, especially democratic development, state-to-state and regional conflicts and cooperation, and national identity and nationalism.

The course is equal parts lecture and discussion. Critical to extracting the most out of this course is being informed about the day to day social, economic and political news stories in the Asia-Pacific region available through any number of media sources. To that end, regular in-class discussions on current political events in the Asia-Pacific region will serve to connect the dots to themes and concepts introduced in course. Supplementing in-class instruction will be tours of political and politicized sites, such as the Japan’s National Diet and Yasukuni Shrine, to name a few.

Objectives Students will develop a deeper appreciation for the social, political and economic positions of select states in the Asia-Pacific region, especially Japan, via select themes, theories and concepts introduced in the course. Students also will be able to engage in intellectual debates on traditional power and soft power politics.
Course Schedule
Theories in International Relations I: Realism and Liberalism
Theories in International Relations II: Neo-Realism and Neo-Liberalism
Theories in International Relations III: Constructivist/Postmodernist Thought/Approaches
Feminist IR: Gender and International Relations Theory
International Political Economy I: Economic Regimes and Theories on Economic Hegemony
International Political Economy II: Dependency Theory, Foreign Aid Politics and International Organizations (NGOs/non-NGOs)
International/Transnational Economic, Environmental and Communication Regimes
Abenomics, TPP and Regional Trade Partnership Politics: Strategic Free Trade and Protectionism
Military Power, Security Policy and Nuclear Strategy (proliferation and non-proliferation): East Asia and Japan's Grand Security Strategy
Territorial Disputes in East Asian: Land 'Wars,' Land Grabs and Land Rights
Natural Resource Politics, Sustainablity and Environmental Challenges
Terrorism and counter-Terrorist Policy in Japan
Human Rights, Citizens' Rights and Japan
Global Citizen Politics: International and Domestic Immigration Policy and Japan
Hard Power and Soft Power Politics and Political Leadership
Textbooks The course will use either a text or simply make use of journal articles and book chapters via PDF.
Rate Evaluation Criteria
Exam: 60% Two in-class examinations; 30% each; Total 60%
Papers: 20% One 5-page position paper
Class Participation: 20% In-class participation and presentation of position paper
Note / URL Main Language: English

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