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International Politics(E)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: MIURA, Satoshi 
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Course Type: Lecture (interactive)
Semester: Spring
Year: 3 & 4
Course Periods: Thursday, 3rd period
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: non-mandatory
Classroom:

We will be going online [※Students who wish to enroll, or have already enrolled, as a member are required to access the URL at the bottom of this webpage and and click on "Enroll in Course." I may send messages to you via Canvas.]

Kindly note "Guidelines for Activities at Nagoya University During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic" (as of 17 April, 2020) which states that "Both undergraduate and graduate students are prohibited from coming to the university."

 

Outline of Lecture Course

Updated! (April 13, 2020)

This course, intended as an introduction to International Relations (IR), deals with two broad topics: (1) politics among great powers and international order and (2) global governance for sustainable development.  The former focuses on U.S.-China relations and their implications for Japan and international order while the latter zeros in on how stakeholders attempt to attain sustainable development. [We will take international relations and global governance (or lack thereof) of COVID-19 as a case.]

(1) The rise of China has been a hot topic among both practitioners and scholars of foreign affairs.  Of late, pundits have come to describe the contemporary U.S.-China relations as a New Cold War.  This pattern of the rise and fall of great powers, Realists argue, have characterized international relations since ancient Greek period.  What do China and the U.S. want?  Do leaders (i.e., Xi Jinping and Trump) matter?  Or are they just falling prey to international systemic pressures that give rise to power politics?  Have globalization and new technologies changed this allegedly recurrent pattern?  These are samples of questions that "mainstream" International Relations scholars have asked, and that we will ask and discuss in the first part of this course. We will examine both Western views and Chinese views in order to see the phenomena from different angles.

(2) Global issues and challenges abound—climate change, water scarcity, hunger, poverty, forced migration, infectious diseases, and human rights violations, to name but a few.  These issues are now bundled under the banner of sustainable development.  The second part of this course serves as an introduction to Global Governance—a subfield of IR that focuses on who (not only governments) governs what (not just issues that directly affects national security), why (not merely maximizing national interests), and how (not only through binding laws backed by material sanctions) regarding global (multilevel and "glocal") issues and challenges.

Course Objectives This course has three objectives:
  1. to cultivate your interests in current issues facing us;
  2. to familiarize you with main concepts and theories of global governance; and
  3. to develop your skills in critical and analytical thinking.

To attain these objectives, this course avoids a “unilateral” (lecture-based) approach to teaching and learning.  Instead, it adopts both “bilateral” (questions and answers between a lecturer and students) and “multilateral” (group discussions among students) approaches.  This interactive method will encourage you to regard international/global issues not as “their” challenges but “our” challengesas citizens, consumers, students, (future) businesspersons, leaders, etc.

This course is designed as a matchmaking and learning platform where students and a lecturer—having different and unique backgrounds and interested in a variety of international/global issues—exchange views, deliberate, and hopefully come up with better ideas on how “we” can tackle global and local issues and challenges.

In order to make our group and class discussions as informed and lively as possible, students are required to read assigned readings, learn theory and practice of great power politics and global governance, create a concise summary note (a two- to three-pager) of each article with brief questions and comments.  So my fellow students, ask not what your course will do for you; ask what you can do for your course!

Textbooks

Updated! (April 13, 2020)

We now have a textbook--sort of.

  • Daniel W. Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Revived Edition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015). [You can download the ebook as follows:
    1. Go to our University Library's Remote Access page;
    2. Find and click on "JSTOR";
    3. Search with "Daniel W. Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Revived Edition" as a keyword;
    4. Find a chapter from the book and click on "From: Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition";
    5. You can now find a table of contents of the book and download each chapter by clicking on "Download PDF".  If you have trouble finding or downloading the book, do let me know!]
Course Materials/Supplementaries Most articles are available online. For other articles (those without any links), feel free to contact me.
Assessment
  1. Class participation (≠attendance): 50%
  2. Summary notes (due 9 AM every Thursday): 50%
  • You need to attend at least two-thirds of the classes to get credits.
  • You are not allowed to join a class without submitting a summary note in advance.
  • Every class will start on time; your repeated tardiness will result in a grade reduction.
  • I strongly encourage you to make your summary notes “useful” for group and class discussions; creating figures and tables will help you grasp and focus on main arguments of each article.
Prerequisites None.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study Read and make a summary note of each reading assignment.
Responding to Student Questions I will be happy to respond to your questions after class.
Other Notes

Updated! (April 13, 2020)

We will kick off our class on April 23 by requiring you to read the assignments, create a summary note, and submit it to the instructor by deadline (8 am, April 29).

Meanwhile, the instructor will experiment with hosting a Zoom meeting.  If and only if that works, then we will start having online discussions every Thursday, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, ideally from early May.

-A note on your summary note: 

  • You are required to submit a summary note every week by deadline.
  • Failure to submit it four times will result in "F" grade.
  • Failure to submit it in time will result in reduced points.
  • A summary note will
    1. be a-few (two to four) pager per week (not per article);
    2. consist of a "summary" section and a "questions and comments" section, with the former summarizing main arguments (including main logics and evidences) presented in each assigned paper and the latter presenting your own questions and/or comments;
    3. ideally have a table or figure of your own making that visualizes the main arguments, logics, and/or evidences.
  • Also be kindly informed that parts of good summary notes will be shared with other students (without any personal information attached).

You are expected, though not required (especially for NUPACE and GSL students), to have a basic knowledge of theory and practice of International Relations. You are also expected to read newspaper articles as deemed relevant to the discussion on each topic.

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page

Updated! (May 7, 2020)

[Kindly note that the schedule is subject to change depending on the situations.]

April 23 International Relations of COVID-19

Start reading the following assignments and submit your summary note by 8 am, April 29, as indicated in the next (right-hand side) column of this table.

[Please be advised that it is better to save the articles first before you read them; there appears to be a limit as to the number of times (possibly per month) you can read Foreign Policy articles. The same might apply to other journal articles.]

Read and create a summary note of the assignments, and send it to me by 8 am, April 29. Also read "Introduction . . . to the Undead" (though you don't need to create a summary for the Introduction.)
April 30 International Relations 101

Start reading the following assignments and submit your summary note by 8 am, May 6, as indicated in the next (right-hand side) column of this table.

  • Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Revived Edition, pp. 37-64 ("The Realpolitik of the Living Dead" and "Regulating the Undead in a Liberal World Order").
Read and create a summary note of the assignment, and send it to me by 8 am, May 6.
May 7 International Relations 101

Discussions on the following:

  • Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Revived Edition, pp. 37-64 ("The Realpolitik of the Living Dead" and "Regulating the Undead in a Liberal World Order").

After the class, start reading the following assignments and submit your summary note by 8 am, May 13:

  • Drezner, pp. 65-86 ("The Social Construction of Zombies" and "The Supergendered Politics of the Posthuman World").
cf. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, see esp. the last paragraph of Chapter I
May 14 International Relations 101

Discussions on the following:

  • Drezner, pp. 65-86 ("The Social Construction of Zombies" and "The Supergendered Politics of the Posthuman World").

After the class, start reading the following assignments and submit your summary note by 8 am, May 20:

  • Drezner, pp. 95-119 ("Domestic Politics: Are All Zombie Politics Local?" and "Bureaucratic Politics: The 'Pulling and Hauling' of Zombies").
Drezner (2015, p. 80) refers to the following book/article: Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013); Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Why Women Still Can’t Have It All," The Atlantic, July/August 2012.  You might also want to watch TED Talks by Sandberg and Slaughter.
May 21 International Relations 101

Discussions on the following:

  • Drezner, pp. 95-119 ("Domestic Politics: Are All Zombie Politics Local?" and "Bureaucratic Politics: The 'Pulling and Hauling' of Zombies").

After the class, start reading the following assignments and submit your summary note by 8 am, May 27:

  • Drezner, pp. 121-136 ("We’re Only Human: Psychological Responses to the Undead" and "Conclusion . . . or So You Think").

 

Also read "Epilogue: Bringing the Brain Back In" (though you don't need to create a summary for the Epilogue.)
May 28 International Relations 101

Discussions on the following:

  • Drezner, pp. 121-136 ("We’re Only Human: Psychological Responses to the Undead" and "Conclusion . . . or So You Think").

TBD

 

Updated! (April 15, 2020)

For the next a few weeks, we will be selectively reading some articles below (the list may be updated): 

-Foreign Policy

-Foreign Affairs

-Project Syndicate

-The National Interest

-others

For the remaining weeks of this semester, we will be reading articles on international relations (politics among nations, especially great powers) and global governance (e.g., climate change, sustainable development). The following list is just a sample of possible readings on the former topic:

-on great power politics

  • Foot, Rosemary, and Amy King. "Assessing the deterioration in China–US relations: US governmental perspectives on the economic-security nexus." China International Strategy Review 1.1 (2019): 39-50.
  • Kirshner, Jonathan. "Offensive realism, Thucydides traps, and the tragedy of unforced errors: classical realism and US–China relations." China International Strategy Review 1.1 (2019): 51-63.
  • Brooks, Stephen G. "Power transitions, then and now: five new structural barriers that will constrain China’s rise." China International Strategy Review 1.1 (2019): 65-83.
  • Jisi, Wang. "Assessing the radical transformation of US policy toward China." China International Strategy Review 1.2 (2019): 195-204.
  • Khong, Yuen Foong. "The US, China, and the Cold War analogy." China International Strategy Review 1.2 (2019): 223-237.
  • Mearsheimer, John J. "Bound to fail: The rise and fall of the liberal international order." International Security 43.4 (2019): 7-50
  • Glaser, Charles L. "A Flawed Framework: Why the Liberal International Order Concept Is Misguided." International Security 43.4 (2019): 51-87.
  • Farrell, Henry, and Abraham L. Newman. "Chained to Globalization: Why It's Too Late to Decouple." Foreign Affairs 99 (2020): 70-80.

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