Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|This is an advanced Political Science course. It introduces the subfield of International Relations (IR) known as Security Studies. Through a series of lectures and discussions, we are going to cover the most important concepts and real-world issues in International Security. It is divided into four main parts.
In Part 1, we consider the various theoretical approaches to understanding international security.
In Part 2, we review key concepts that will be necessary to understand security issues.
In Part 3, we consider the institutions that states use to manage security problems.
In Part 4, we analyze the contemporary challenges states face in maintaining international security.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
|At the end of the course, participants are expected to have basic knowledge of Security Studies and have improved their ability to make informed and appropriate decisions about policies related to international security issues. This course also emphasizes skills that will be useful for students in their future career such as communicating verbally, communicating in writing, influencing people, gathering information, asking and answering the right questions, and solving problems.|
Course Content / Plan
|The format for this class will be lectures followed by discussion. Each class will have two 35 minute lectures followed by discussion.
1. Course Introduction
2. What is Security Studies?
1. Review of Realism
2. Review of Liberalism
1. Historical Materialism
2. Social Constructivism
1. Critical Security Studies
1. Human Security
2. Gender and Security
2. Military Security
1 Regime Security
2. Societal Security
1. Environmental Security
2. Economic Security
1. Globalization, Development and Security
2. Coercive Diplomacy
1. Weapons of Mass Destruction
1. Mass Killing and Humanitarian Intervention
2. Energy Security
1. Weapons Trade
2. Health and Security
1. Transnational Crime
1. The Future of International Security
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
|This is an advanced course. Students should have taken an introductory course in Political Science and a course in International Relations. It is strongly recommended that you have already taken the courses Introduction to International Relations (E) and Contemporary Japanese Diplomacy (E). We will be building on this previously learned material.|
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all assigned readings. Students will be graded as follows.
1. Attendance (5%)
2. Midterm Exam (30%)
3. Assignment (15%)
4. Final Exam (50%)
The minimum grade required to pass this course is C- (60% or above).
Letter grades are as follows:
A+ 95% or above
A 80% or above, but below 95%
B 70% or above, but below 80%
C 65% or above, but below 70%
C- 60% or above, but below 65%
F Below 60
|There is no textbook. Course materials and supplementary readings will be provided throughout the course.|
|Collins, A. (2019). Contemporary Security Studies. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Students should expect 2 to 4 hours per week of preparation, including reading, reflecting, preparing written assignments, and reviewing notes. The number of hours of preparation will increase during the weeks before and during the examination periods and take-home examination periods.|
Notice for Students
Lecture format, etc.
|Lectures by the instructor with student discussions and occasional in-class activities|
Additional measures for remote class (on-demand class)
|Taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this class will be offered in person.|