2017 Contemporary Japanese Diplomacy (E)
[Lecture Course Basic Information]
|Course Periods:||Thu 13:00-14:30|
|Whether mandatory or not:|
|Classroom:||Seminar room 5 / ALEP|
|Outline of Lecture Course||
This course serves as an introduction to International Relations (IR), with a focus on the international relations of East Asia.
As theories are valuable only as long as they help us understand and explain concrete events and phenomena, an emphasis is placed on applying them to current international affairs, particularly Japanese diplomacy.
Students are required to read assigned readings, create a concise summary with brief questions and comments (preferably a two- to three-pager), and actively participate in group and class discussions.
This course has three objectives:
(1) cultivating your interests in current international affairs, especially Japanese diplomacy;
(2) familiarizing you with main concepts and theories of International Relations; and
(3) developing your skills in critical, analytical, synthetic, and abductive (i.e., developing hypotheses by going back and forth between the concrete and the abstract) thinking.
In order to understand the ABC of IR theories, we will read and have discussions on Daniel Drezner’s “awesome” textbook (see the reading on 10 & 17 May).
If you want to learn more about the basics of IR, I recommend that you read the following text: Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and David A. Welch (2016). Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History, 10th ed. Longman. Bad news: The latest edition is prohibitively expensive, especially for students. Good news: The eighth edition is available in our Central Library.
|Course Materials/Supplementaries||Mostly available online. For details, see below. For more details, see the syllabus of the course to be handed out in the first class.|
You are expected to read newspaper articles as deemed relevant to discussions on each topic.
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|Lecture||Theme||Lecture Course Description||Learning outside the class||Related page|
|1||Introduction||Introduction to the course|
|2||Japanese foreign policy under Abe administration 1||How are we to characterize Abe’s foreign policy?||Michael Auslin. “Japan’s New Realism: Abe Gets Tough.” Foreign Affairs 95 (2016): 125-134.|
|3||Japanese foreign policy under Abe administration 2||How are we to characterize Abe’s foreign policy?||Adam P. Liff. “Japan’s Defense Policy: Abe the Evolutionary.” The Washington Quarterly 38.2 (2015): 79-99.|
|4||Theories of International Relations 1||How do IR theories help us see and analyze international relations?||Daniel W. Drezner. (2015). Theories of International Politics and Zombies, revised ed. Princeton University Press, pp. 37-74.|
|5||Theories of International Relations 2||How do IR theories help us see and analyze international relations?||Drezner (2015), pp. 95-136.|
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