2019 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences26:International Relations

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Kawana Shinji 
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Course description and aims

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the diplomatic history of postwar Japan.
This course focuses on US-Japan alliance, military bases, SDF, right of collective self-defense, transfer of defense equipment and technology, territorial issues.
We will consider not only lectures but also discussions on issues such as "what is the problem", "what is the conflict over what", "what is the solution?"

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will understand the points of Japanese diplomacy after World War II and have the ability to think critically.                                            


diplomatic history, Japan's security policy, US-Japan security relations

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. 

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction What is diplomacy? What is "postwar" in Japan?
Class 2 US-Japan alliance Understand the history and problems of the US-Japan alliance.
Class 3 US military bases in Japan. Understand the history and problems of the US military bases in Japan.
Class 4 SDF Understand the history and problems of the SDF.
Class 5 right of collective self-defense Understand the history and problems of the right of collective self-defense.
Class 6 transfer of defense equipment and technology Understand the history and problems of the transfer of defense equipment and technology.
Class 7 territorial dispute/issues Understand the history and problems of the territorial dispute/issues.
Class 8 Closing summary


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Assessment criteria and methods

Commitment: 40%
Final report: 60%

Related courses

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

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

There are no pre‐requisites for the course.

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Office hours

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No classes will be given on April 10 (Wed) because of the orientation sessions for incoming first-year students. Second year and above graduate students do not need to attend these orientation sessions.
Date of the first class is April 17 (Wed).

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