Japan: Politics and Foreign Policy

Pusan National University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Japan: Politics and Foreign Policy

  • Host University

    Pusan National University

  • Location

    Busan, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Government, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Objectives

    This course aims to understand the structures, processes, circumstances, and developments in Japan’s politics and foreign policy by examining the following:

    • Key historical events that have impacted Japan’s politics and foreign policy
    • The characteristics of Japan’s politics and foreign policy
    • Prospects and issues for Japan’s politics and foreign policy

    Course Description
    Since its defeat in WWII, Japan has rebuilt itself as a democratic state with a new political system and approach to foreign affairs. However, Japan’s perspectives, decision-making process, and the future challenges continue to attract debates and discussions. This course examines the structure, processes, circumstances in Japan’s politics and foreign policy since 1945. The first half of the course will address the governance and key developments to date. The second half of the course will then look at Japan’s foreign policy in the context of economics, public diplomacy, foreign aid, security, and environment, as well as discussing the future prospects and issues.

    Required Textbooks
    Each week students will be provided with a weekly reading list of book chapters, electronic copies of journal articles, op-eds and/or policy briefs.