Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS （Michio Umegaki）
Semester : 2018 Fall
1. Objectives/Teaching method
There are three points about this course I would like to call your attention to. 1) First, this course uses “Japan” as a point of reference for our examination. After all, we are sitting in Japan which occupies a rather unique spot in International Relations: a country with its economy ranking the third among all national economies while maintaining a position that war does not pay. International Relations, viewed from that Japan deserve our close scrutiny. 2) Second, our examination of International Relations moves among key policy issues such as nuclear arms control, poverty reduction, territorial disputes and the like. You are familiar with some of them and not so with others. And finally 3) International Relations is the area also where we can examine important normative as well as analytical puzzles such as why man engages in a war whose cost clearly outweighs its gains. For this purpose, we draw some theoretical insights for International Relations from various disciplines such as cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, or classical political philosophy.
2. Materials/Reading List
I am planning to announce the readings at the very beginning of the semester
#1 Part I: Introduction
#2 Part I-2: Japan's Agenda and International Relations 1
#3 Part I-3: Japan's Agenda and International Relations 2
#4 Part I-4: Fundamentals of International Relations
#5 Part II-1: International Politics of Insecurity
#6 Part II-2: International Politics of Insecurity
#7 Part II-3: International Politics of Insecurity
#8 Part II-4: International Politics of Insecurity and Japan's Agenda re-examined
#9 Part III-1: Political Economy of Scarcity
#10 Part III-2: Political Economy of Scarcity
#11 Part III-3: Political Economy of Scarcity
#12 Part III-4: Political Economy of Scarcity
#13 Part IV: Whose Reality and Responsibility Count in International Relations?
#14 Part IV: Whose Reality and Responsibility Count in International Relations?
4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.
Class participation; one review essay on selected reading material; and a final paper
5. Special Note
6. Prerequisit / Related courses
7. Conditions to take this course
8. Relation with past courses
9. Course URL
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