Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|This course will provide a general introduction to the study of International Relations, especially focusing on the political nature of it.|
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Course Content / Plan
|Course Schedule (based on the textbook/ch. stands for chapter)|
(1) Introduction: What is International Politics (ch. 1)/Presentation Assignments
(2) The Peleponnesian War/Ethical Questions and International Politics (ch .1)
(3) Key Concepts/Levels of Analysis (ch. 2)
(4) Paradigms and Theories (ch. 2)
(5) Modern History of International Politics (1): From the 17th Century to the 19th Century (ch .3)
(6) Modern History of International Politics (2): The Origins of the First World War (ch. 3)
(7) Modern History of International Politics (3): The Interwar Years to the Second World War (ch. 4)
(8) Modern History of International Politics (4): The Cold War (ch. 5)
(9) Conflict and Cooperation in the Post-Cold War World (ch. 6)
(10) Current Flashpoints (1): Eastern Europe & the Near East (ch. 7)
(11) Current Flashpoints (2): South Asia & East Asia (ch. 7)
(12) Globalization and Interdependence (ch. 8)
(13) The Information Revolution and Transnational Actors (ch. 9)
(14) What Can We Expect in the Future? (ch. 10)
(15) Essay Submission
Each class will begin with a lecture by the course tutor, followed by a student presentation, then a class discussion. Participants are required to complete the weekly required reading, participate in class discussions and give a presentation (choosing a topic from the "Study Questions" section at the end of each chapter of the textbook).
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
|There is no precondition to take this course.|
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Evaluation will be based on the following criteria.|
1. Contribution to class discussions: 30%
2. Quality of presentation: 30%
3. Quality of end-of-term essay: 40%
The above criteria will be added up to compile your final mark. Benchmark for a passing grade: refer to the student handbook (C grade is above 60%).
|Joseph S Nye, Jr. and David A. Welch, Understanding Global Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Theory and History (Boston: Pearson, 2017).|
[I will inform you on how to obtain the textbook at our first class.]
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Complete the required reading and prepare for your presentation and class discussions.|
Notice for Students
|I will inform you on how to obtain the textbook via NUCT before our first class. It would be best if you can consult the textbook beforehand in order to choose the chapter you will like to make a presentation on. If several people want to make a presentation on the same chapter, we might have to sort things out at our first class so it will be advisable for your to think of 2nd and 3rd choices of chapters.|
Lecture format, etc.
In principle, lecture and seminar course subjects are offered in-person.
Online participation in classes (interactive communication classes via Teams, Zoom, etc.) may be permitted by the instructor under exceptional circumstances.
*Guidance will be posted on NUCT if there are any changes in the class format, etc. after registration.
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.