2018 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.

see Japanese

Assessment criteria and methods

Your performance and final grade for the class will be evaluated as follows:
Discussion: 80%
Group works : 20%

Related courses

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

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Office hours

12:10-13:10, every Friday. required pre-contact.

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