International Politics in Northeast Asia

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Politics in Northeast Asia

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Objective

    -The primary objective of this course is to provide students with critical perspectives of various issues related to international relations of East Asia. Geographically, this course explores international relations of three East Asian countries, China, Japan, and Korea. Topics include national security, foreign policy, regional and global governance, human rights, civilizational/modernity politics, and power transition.
    -Examining these various topics, the central thematic focus of this course is on explicating the question of how these East Asian countries have coped with the West (Western values, power, economy, and so on) since the European expansion in the nineteenth century that broke apart China-centered East Asian world order: they aspired to be like the West; they negated the West; and they challenged the West. And this issue of how to deal with the West still continues and will continue into the foreseeable future. In so doing, this course is historically oriented as reflective of a Chinese proverb, ?By searching the old, learn the new.? We would understand contemporary issues much better when we are able to historically contextualize them. As such, contemporary issues will be analyzed with historical sensitivities.

    (1) As part of Korea Foundation?s e-learning program, this course is to be conducted with Nanjing University, a premier university in China. The Chinese counterpart will participate in this course via video conference. We may expect some technical problems during the class.
    (2) This course will not look at each country in detail but will examine them as cases of theoretical and empirical discussion. Due to the time constraints, this course will not cover all the important questions relevant to East Asia region today. I encourage you to pursue these in your own research paper (group research paper)
    (3) The reading load for this course is heavy in both quantity and quality. Students taking this course should be ready to read intensively and extensively on the topics under investigation throughout this semester.

    Course Requirements
    -Participation and preparation for each class, as well as writing assignments are important in this class. The assignments and work requirements for the students are as follows:
    -Chinese students are exempted from ?Group Research Paper and Presentation.? This is because they earn two credits from this course in contrast to three credits KU students would receive.


    -Course Reader (Please Purchase at Hoomun-Sa)
    -For Nanjing University students, a different arrangement will be made for purchase.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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