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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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TitleINTERNATIONAL RELATIONS [ Syllabus ]



Faculty Michio Umegaki
Term2007 Fall
Level Undergraduate


Inquiry - Inquiry about this course


Lecture Video & Materials
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#012007/09/27 Introdution
- 講義資料(PDF)
Introduction to International Relations offers a general perspective
on how the course will evolve throughout the semester. Week 1 also
offers certain film (video) footage on key issues in International
Relations.


#022007/10/04 The beginnings of Post-World War II world order
- 講義資料(PDF)
A historical survey of the beginnings and the closing of the Cold War
should help students identify the origins and changes in the policy
issues of their choosing. The points should be made that the Cold War
itself is a uniquely North-Atlantic phenomenon, and that the 
conflicts
at its peripheries need to be examined accordingly.


#032007/10/11 Conflicting Norms and Policy Agenda
- 講義資料(PDF)
The focus here is the normative background which helped promote the
tenets of the “Realist” school of International Relations. Though
professing to be rooted in the human nature, the realist school in
fact represents more of the sense of uncertainty surrounding the rise
of the Soviet power since the 1930s.


#042007/10/18 Beyond the North Atlantic Region
- 講義資料(PDF)
Undoubtedly under the immense influence of the bipolarization, the
regions outside the North-Atlantic region, nonetheless, had their own
policy agenda. De-colonization process needs to be examined in light
of its own forces 


#052007/10/25 Proxy Wars
- 講義資料(PDF)
As misleading as it is powerful, the notion of a “proxy” dominated
much of the decision-makers in the United States throughout the Cold
War period. There is no other theater of conflict than Vietnam where
this notion served to distort strategic thinking of the Western bloc.


#062007/11/01 National Security-:A Hyper-Ideology
- 講義資料(PDF)
A postwar invention, the notion of national security, nonetheless,
established itself quickly as the underlying theme for any nation’s
external contact. However, a twin questions of what is to be 
“secured”
and from what it is to be “secured” turn the notion practically
emptied of manageable contents. As a result, anything could be
justified as long as it comes under the promotion of “national
security.” Only after mid-1970s, some theorists began questioning 
the
primacy of “national security” in dictating the relations among the
nations. 


#072007/11/15 Post-Modern(?) International Relations
- 講義資料(PDF)
Are there innovative way(s) of reconstructing the issues of 
“national
security” to meet the need of post-Cold War era? What could be
“national security” issues when nation-states are no longer the 
most
dominant actors in International Relations?


#082007/11/29 Re-Creating World Order
- Mid-term assignment(PDF)
- 講義資料(PDF)
An examination of changes in economic development theories reveals a
number of assumptions that are needed for their hypotheses to work.
These are the assumptions which make most of the development theories
unrealistic against the backdrops of former colonies. Nonetheless, 
the
attempts at economic development have never been halted. Why?


#092007/12/06 Regimes and Globalization
- 講義資料(PDF)
An engine of economic development, the Bretton Woods System, before
its tenure expired, is claimed to have enriched the world and
installed the basic “infrastructure” for the production and
distribution of global wealth by non-violent means. Taking it at face
values, what have this system and the ensuing World Trade 
Organization
accomplished?


#102007/12/20 The Rich and the Poor
- 講義資料(PDF)
- 配布資料(PDF)
One of the key issues involved in what appears to be a perpetual
experimentation with economic development is the widening gap between
the rich and the poor. To what extent, the widening gap discredit the
claims of the Bretton Woods System and the current World Trade
Organization? How should we evaluate the roles of the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund?


#112007/12/22 Dethronement of GNP
- 講義資料(PDF)
- 配布資料(PDF)
The criticisms of economic development have their roots not only in
the perceived income-gap among the nations, but also in other 
pressing
issues that are accompanying policies of economic development. What
are the adjustments by the proponents of economic growth policies?


#122008/01/17 Human Security: New Deal for Policy Analyses?
- 講義資料(PDF)
Since “Human Development Report, 1994,” a new sort of language has
emerged as a way of highlighting the policy issues that most directly
affect the lives of people in the world. Human security, as the
condition entailing “freedom from threats and freedom from want,” 
has
gradually occupied many organizations, GO and NGO alike, dealing with
a broad range of policy issues. Where does this new perspective come
from and take us? We will examine the normative foundation of human
security.


#132008/01/19 Human Insecurity: the Need for Micro Perspectives in International Relations
- 講義資料(PDF)
Human security can be recognized only through its absence. This is 
one
of the oft-quoted observations. How so, is the major concern this
week. As a mental exercise, we will reconstruct a profile of a few
selected countries by using data available in the following 
documents,
and highlights the epistemological problems associated with the macro
(aggregate) data in identifying specific issues. 



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