Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|This course aims at cultivating the interests and abilities of students to think theoretically, analytically, and strategically by applying concepts, frameworks, and theories of International Relations to current world affairs, especially COVID-19, U.S.-China relations, and sustainable development.|
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
|More specifically, this course aims at the following:|
-cultivating your interests in current issues facing us;
-familiarizing you with main concepts and theories of global governance; and
-developing your skills in critical and analytical thinking.
To attain these objectives, this course avoids a “unilateral” (lecture-based) approach to teaching and learning. Instead, it adopts both “bilateral” (questions and answers between a lecturer and students) and “multilateral” (group discussions among students) approaches. This interactive method will encourage you to regard international/global issues not as “their” challenges but “our” challenges—as citizens, consumers, students, (future) businesspersons, leaders, etc.
This course is designed as a matchmaking and learning platform where students and a lecturer—having different and unique backgrounds and interested in a variety of international/global issues—exchange views, deliberate, and hopefully come up with better ideas on how “we” can tackle global and local issues and challenges.
In order to make our group and class discussions as informed and lively as possible, students are required to read assigned readings, learn theory and practice of great power politics and global governance, create a concise summary note (a two- to three-pager) of each article with brief questions and comments.
Course Content / Plan
|This course, intended as an introduction to International Relations (IR), deals with two broad topics: (1) politics among great powers and international order (especially in the context of COVID-19 and U.S.-China relations) and (2) global governance for sustainable development. The former focuses on U.S.-China relations and their implications for Japan and international order while the latter zeros in on how stakeholders attempt to attain sustainable development (including coping with COVID-19).|
(1) The rise of China has been a hot topic among both practitioners and scholars of foreign affairs. Of late, pundits have come to describe the contemporary U.S.-China relations as a New Cold War. This pattern of the rise and fall of great powers, Realists argue, have characterized international relations since ancient Greek period. What do China and the U.S. want? Do leaders (i.e., Xi Jinping and Trump) matter? Or are they just falling prey to international systemic pressures that give rise to power politics? Have globalization and new technologies changed this allegedly recurrent pattern? These are samples of questions that "mainstream" International Relations scholars have asked, and that we will ask and discuss in the first part of this course. We will examine both Western views and Chinese views in order to see the phenomena from different angles.
(2) Global issues and challenges abound—climate change, water scarcity, hunger, poverty, forced migration, infectious diseases, and human rights violations, to name but a few. These issues are now bundled under the banner of sustainable development. The second part of this course serves as an introduction to Global Governance—a subfield of IR that focuses on who (not only governments) governs what (not just issues that directly affects national security), why (not merely maximizing national interests), and how (not only through binding laws backed by material sanctions) regarding global (multilevel and "glocal") issues and challenges.
The classes will tentatively be organized as follows (kindly note that they are subject to change depending on the situation):
1. Introduction on International Relations (IR)
2. Realist theories
3. Liberalist theories
4. Constructivist theories
5. Feminist theories
6. Domestic politics
7. Bureaucratic politics
8. Cognitive and psychological approaches
9-15. Cases: COVID^19, U.S.-China relations, Japan's foreign relations, and sustainable development
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Class participation (≠attendance): 30%|
"Summary and questions" notes (due 9 AM every Thursday): 70%
-You need to attend at least two-thirds of the classes to get credits.
-You are not allowed to join a class without submitting a summary note (a few pager) in advance.
-Every class will start on time, and your repeated tardiness will result in a grade reduction.
-For details on how to obtain a passing grade, kindly refer to the student handbook (which says to the effect that a C grade is above 60%).
|Daniel W. Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Revived Edition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014).|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Read and make a summary note of each reading assignment. You are strongly encouraged to make your summary notes "useful" for group and class discussions, e.g., by creating figures and tables will help you grasp and focus on main arguments of each article.|
Notice for Students
|You are expected, though not required (especially for NUPACE and GSL students), to have a basic knowledge of theory and practice of International Relations. You are also expected to read newspaper articles as deemed relevant to the discussion on each topic.|
Lecture format, etc.
List of hybrid classes employing both face-to-face and remote teaching methods will be posted in the "News" of the homepage of the Graduate School of Law.
*If there are any changes in the teaching methods after the period of course registration, it will be announced on NUCT.
Additional measures for remote class (on-demand class)
Remote classes are conducted via NUCT. Questions to instructors should be asked using the NUCT "Message" function.
Student discussions will be conducted using the NUCT "Message" function. (If the instructor has added the "Forum" function, the "Forum" can also be used.)
Follow your instructor's directions if your instructor has any other directions.