2020 Area Studies: North America and Oceania

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Akashi Kazuyasu 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the United States this year, especially on the history of the Presidencial Elections, the fundamentals of the American Politics, the Strategy and Diplomacy for International Affairs including the Security Policies. Students will also learn ongoing huge change in the American Community with the influx of Hispanic people recent years.Topics include the unique system of Education which is generous for foreign students .
This course facilitates students'coprehensive understanding of current situation of the United States.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the history of the politics and diplomacy of the United States after the World War Ⅱ.
Students will get knowledge and ability of judgement for having a view of the new administration which comes after the 2020 elections. Students may conclude that the United States would decline or not and they can get some examples which Japan could facilitate to energize our society.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
An instructor with work experience in journalism will provide hands-on education
in American politics and history, based on practice in the field that requires objective coverage.


presidents, strategy, diplomacy, wider view, open society

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, students will be given the lectures of the instructor who was correspondent(bureau chief)of a Japanese News Agency in Washington D.C..Then students will have chance to ask some questions and present some opinions on the lectures. Discussion on the subjects are very important and active participaition will be appreciated. Attendance is taken in every class.Class 1, 4 and 7 are scheduled to be live lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The meaning of the result of the Presidential Election in 2020 To be announced in each class.
Class 2 The history and the system of the Presidential Elections in the United States. How the Democracy in the States has been cultivated.
Class 3 The Diplomacy,the Security policies and the Space Strategy of the United States after the World War Ⅱ
Class 4 "New Cold War"--How America will deal with Russia and China?
Class 5 The big impact of the influx of Hispanics recent years--Is there crisis of the division of the country?
Class 6 Importance of Open Society--How American Education programs raise children
Class 7 New era of America---Now and future of US-Japan alliance

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on understanding (40%), reports(50%) and attendance(10%). Full attendance is recommended.

Related courses

  • LAH.A501 : Area Studies: Europe
  • LAH.A502 : Area Studies: East Asia
  • LAH.A503 : Area Studies: Latin America
  • LAH.A504 : Area Studies: Middle East and Africa
  • LAH.A505 : Area Studies: South and Southeast Asia

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

No prerequisites.

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