Contemporary Japan's International Relations

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Japan's International Relations

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Outline
    This course serves as an introduction to the study of important issues in modern international relations. We will study current events and the recent history that has shaped how states and other actors interact with each other across national borders. The class surveys majors topics in international relations to encourage further examination in more advanced classes. Major topics include international cooperation, security and conflict, trade, and international law and human rights. By the end of the class, students will be able to critique common academic and policy arguments about global affairs and will have acquired the tools to begin their own analyses.

    Course Objective
    The goal of the course is to learn basic concepts and theories that are useful for making sense of contemporary debates and challenges in international relations and politics not only for Japan.

    Textbook, Material
    Jeffrey Frieden, David Lake, and Kenneth Schultz (FLK). World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. Third Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.


    All other required readings, except for your book for the longer paper assignment, will be posted on the course of Blackboard.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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