2017 Seminar on Social Science(US-Japan Relations: Military Base Problem in Okinawa)Introduction 2)

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Kawana Shinji 
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Course description and aims

In this class, we consider Japan's security and various problems of the international community through the problem of the US military bases in Japan. The following are the main questions to consider in the class.                    1) What is the military bases for U.S. and Japan?
2) What are the characteristics of the US military bases in Japan?
3) What are the merits and demerits of the bases?
4) What is the base problem in Okinawa?

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to obtain the basic social scientific framework by critical thinking, discussing, writing resume.


International Politics, Japan's security, military bases, Okinawa

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course will consist in a series of seminar sessions with pre‐assigned readings. Students are expected to do all the readings prior to each session, as well as attend and participate in all sessions. The weekly sessions will focus on laying out the main arguments of the assigned readings and critically discussing them. In general, students should focus on key arguments or perspectives provided by each reading. Think about how readings relate to each other and other concepts we
have discussed. What evidence does the author use, and do you find the argument convincing?

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction none
Class 2 TBD TBD
Class 3 TBD TBD
Class 4 TBD TBD
Class 5 TBD TBD
Class 6 TBD TBD
Class 7 TBD TBD
Class 8 TBD TBD
Class 9 TBD TBD
Class 10 TBD TBD
Class 11 TBD TBD
Class 12 TBD TBD
Class 13 TBD TBD
Class 14 TBD TBD
Class 15 TBD TBD



Reference books, course materials, etc.

・ NHK取材班『基地はなぜ沖縄に集中しているのか』(NHK出版、2011年)
・ ケント・カルダー『米軍再編の政治学―駐留米軍と海外基地のゆくえ』(日本経済新聞出版社、2008年)
・ 屋良朝博、川名晋史他『沖縄と海兵隊―駐留の歴史的展開』(旬報社、2016年)                
・ 島袋純・阿部浩己『沖縄が問う日本の安全保障』(岩波書店、2015年)

Assessment criteria and methods

Your performance and final grade for the class will be evaluated as follows:
In-Class Participation: 80%
Short Papers : 20%

Related courses

  • LAH.S104 : International Relations A
  • LAH.S204 : International Relations B
  • LAH.S305 : International Relations C

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