International Relations (East Asia)

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations (East Asia)

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    4 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    The East Asian region has been one of the most dynamic areas of economic and political development in the world. This course is designed to give students a general survey and understanding of the main features of a range of contemporary geographical issues affecting the East Asian region, both within and between the countries in this area. Its primary goals are to encourage students to link and apply a range of political, geographical and theoretical positions to a series of regional case studies. The class surveys the interrelationships operating in the region and national geopolitical issues of China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. After laying a foundation of essential geographical, historical, and social elements, the class addresses political geography issues within the region and trans-regional problems. Students should leave this course with a solid grounding in political geography factors operating within the East Asian region. Reading assignments written by leading scholars of the East Asian region and course lectures are designed to provide students a greater insight and understanding of the political geography of East Asia paying close attention to the evolution of the relationships between Japan and China, between Korea and Japan, and between China and Korea. Each class will be divided into two parts. The first portion of the class is a lecture provided by the instructor. This will be followed by a discussion of weekly readings, geopolitical theories, student presentations, documentary videos, (e.g., Showa museum and Kamakura), and others (lectures by guest speakers and a data base lecture by LexisNexis). Weekly reading assignments will be assigned at the end of each class.