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Course Summary (Syllabus)


    Semester : 2018 Fall
    Code : C1087 / 2 Credits

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.

    The course consists primarily of lectures. However, the students are urged to bring in their opinions and understanding of any given topics as we go over.

2. Materials/Reading List

    I am planning to announce the readings at the very beginning of the semester


    #1 Part I: Introduction
    Briefly outline of the overall purposes and the structure of the course. We call attention to one important factor -- generational changes of the key political leaders -- which influences the course of political development in the international theater.

    #2 Part I-2: Japan's Agenda and International Relations 1
    Examination of historical (postwar) roots of Japan's behavior in international affairs, which often appears to deviate from the conventional understanding of a major power behavior.

    #3 Part I-3: Japan's Agenda and International Relations 2
    Examination of the foundation for Japan's calculation for gains and losses in a complex network of global and Asian economies.

    #4 Part I-4: Fundamentals of International Relations
    Examination of one of the primary play of International Relations: the State.

    #5 Part II-1: International Politics of Insecurity
    Examination of the historical roots of insecurity during the Cold War and thereafter, which will take us into a current stage where war as means of international settlement is no longer a plausible choice for any one.

    #6 Part II-2: International Politics of Insecurity
    Discussion of one irony: the weapons supposedly promoting the sense of security in fact deepens the sense of insecurity

    #7 Part II-3: International Politics of Insecurity
    Critical examination of the state as the promoter and protector of security, how it works and how it may be faulting.

    #8 Part II-4: International Politics of Insecurity and Japan's Agenda re-examined
    Examination of merits and demerits of Japan's defence posture

    #9 Part III-1: Political Economy of Scarcity
    Examination of Economic development, its theories and practices

    #10 Part III-2: Political Economy of Scarcity
    How beneficial is economic development and to whom?

    #11 Part III-3: Political Economy of Scarcity
    Examine what interdependence among national economies is bringing about -- an international division of powerful and weak?

    #12 Part III-4: Political Economy of Scarcity
    Re-examination of Japan's agenda against the deepening income gap among the countries

    #13 Part IV: Whose Reality and Responsibility Count in International Relations?
    Examination of a new perspective on International Relations: Human Security - 1

    #14 Part IV: Whose Reality and Responsibility Count in International Relations?
    Examination of a new perspective on International Relations: Human Security - 2

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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