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Course Summary (Syllabus)


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (Michio Umegaki

    Semester : 2014 Fall
    Code : C1087 / 2 Credits


1. Objectives/Teaching method

    1)In this course, we will cover some (if not all) of the key issues in International Relations. The perspective we sustain is Divisions and Cohesion in International Relations. (A) Do we wish the emphasize that relations among the nations are littered with divisive conflict, frictions and distrust so much so that the relations betray the basic anarchical tendency? Or (B)Have the nations so learned that the awareness of how closely all nations are linked is moderating the impact of the divisive tendencies? These two questions raise one fundamental question: how central is the primary actor – a nation, or a country or a state, in dictating our life?
    2)The divisive tendencies include: the territorial issues, trade wars, regional conflict, arms race among others. The sources for cohesion include: trade agreement, regional economic cooperation, concerted ODA efforts among others.
    3)Given, physically, where we are, the major focus of the examination is East Asia, but will cover areas to the extent they are relevant.


2. Materials/Reading List

    The following list is subject to change:
    1) Michael Doyle and G. John Ikenberry, eds., New Thinking in International Relations Theory, 1997.
    2) Robert Keohane, After Hegemony, 1984.
    3) Caroline Thomas, Global Governance, Development and Human Security, 2000.
    4)John Gaddis, The Long Peace, 1987.


3. SCHEDULE

    #1 Orientation
    Briefly outline the overall purposes and the basic rules of the course.

    #2 Divisions and Cohesion in International Relations
    Introduction: Presents a complex system of rules that dictate the behavior of the nations, the primary actor of International Relations. We also survey the major divisive issues during and after the cold war.

    #3 Past in Present (1)
    Legacies of conflict: Memories, Hangover,and awakening --- which memory is stronger – that the Cold War lasted nearly half a century or that the world survive the cold war?

    #4 Past in Present (2)
    Legacies of Alliance: Memories, Hangover,and awakening --- which memory is stronger – that the Cold War lasted nearly half a century or that the world survive the cold war?

    #5 Divisions in IR (1)
    Territories

    #6 Divisions in IR (2)
    Resources

    #7 Divisions in IR (3)
    Market

    #8 Divisions in IR (4)
    Norms and rules

    #9 Cohesion in IR (1)
    Development Agenda -- looking through International Forum

    #10 Cohesion in IR (2)
    Development Agenda -- the case of Japan

    #11 Cohesion in IR (3)
    Investment -- who benefits from it?

    #12 Cohesion inIR (4)
    Investment -- the case of East Asia

    #13 IR at its Dusk time
    Problems with its primary actors -- the nation, the state, and ...

    #14 IR at its Dusk time
    Alternative courses of action


4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.

    Class participation; two review essays on selected reading material; and a final paper


5. Special Note

    -


6. Prerequisit / Related courses

    なし


7. Conditions to take this course

    なし


8. Relation with past courses

    -


9. Course URL


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