Course Description

Course Name

Contemporary Japan's International Relations

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course Outline
This course serves as an introduction to the study of important issues in modern international relations. We will study current events and the recent history that has shaped how states and other actors interact with each other across national borders. The class surveys majors topics in international relations to encourage further examination in more advanced classes. Major topics include international cooperation, security and conflict, trade, and international law and human rights. By the end of the class, students will be able to critique common academic and policy arguments about global affairs and will have acquired the tools to begin their own analyses.

Course Objective
The goal of the course is to learn basic concepts and theories that are useful for making sense of contemporary debates and challenges in international relations and politics not only for Japan.

Textbook, Material
Jeffrey Frieden, David Lake, and Kenneth Schultz (FLK). World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions. Third Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.


All other required readings, except for your book for the longer paper assignment, will be posted on the course of Blackboard.


*Course content subject to change