List of Courses (International Relations and Politics)

Level 100-200 Principles of Politics and Globalization
Principles of International Relations
Level 300-400 Contemporary Political Theory
Great Power Politics in the World
International Political Economy
International Institutions and Global Governance
Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Age
International Relations in Asia
International Bargaining
Comparative Politics
Nonprofit Organizations and Public Sector

Course Description (International Relations and Politics)

Course Title Description
Principles of Politics and Globalization This course aims to provide students a critical understanding about the overall politics and particularly the contemporary globalization. The course will help the students to assess the major debates currently underway about globalization. At the end of the class, student will be able to communicate their ideas and arguments logically and convincingly about the contemporary global relations and the consequences of an interconnected world.
Principles of International Relations This course is an introduction to the analysis of International Relations and Politics. It focuses on the causes and character of conflict and cooperation on the domestic and international stage. Theories of politics and international relations will be presented and then applied to contemporary and historical cases.
Contemporary Political Theory The aim of this course is to grasp contemporary currents of political theory, through examinations of liberal democratic theory and its critiques. Today, more than twenty years after the end of the Cold War, many controversies with liberalism have been held from quarters seeking radicalization of democracy. This course will begin with arguments within liberalism, including a theory of justice and libertarianism, and then introduce discussions such as the "politics of common good" (communitarianism, republicanism), the "politics of difference" (feminism), and the "politics of identity" (multiculturalism) in order to understand what is "the political".
Great Power Politics in the World This course will focus on the future balance of power in the world and cooperation as well as competition among the Great Powers. We will study the role of Japan, China, Europe, India and Brazil to challenge global power in the decades ahead and assess whether these countries are prepared and willing to lead effectively. We will look closely at the changing nature of American power. In addition, we will focus on the relationship between the United States and China and their likely competition for strategic influence in the Asia-Pacific region. We will also investigate whether Japan and the European Union will be more or less influential in the future. The major objective of the course is to reflect on how this group of countries and other regional powers can work together to address some of the principal challenges of the new century including the avoidance of conflict in the South and East China Seas, limiting nuclear proliferation in Iran, enhancing cooperation on energy, and dealing with the dilemma of intervention in wars in the Middle East and Africa.
International Political Economy The module is an introduction to International Political Economy (IPE), a branch of International Relations, which focuses on the interaction between states and markets, and between power and wealth in the international system. The module is constructed around current debates and approaches in IPE with a strong empirical element in order to assess the merit of these various approaches. In particular, the module investigates the differential impact that globalization is having on the economic development of the various types of state that exist in the world economy. In addition, it investigates the policy responses, both by states and by global institutions, to the increasing degree of globalization that we are currently witnessing. The module seeks:
1. To introduce students to the major approaches to IPE;
2. To give students a thorough grounding in the main debates (past and current) in international economic relations;
3. To provide students with a good theoretical and empirical understanding of the interaction between political and economic factors in international relations;
4. To foster a critical and informed awareness of the academic literature in IPE.
International Institutions and Global Governance This course focuses on the process in which the anarchic international society forms international institutions in order to solve a shared problems among states, and on the way in which institution building in the international society provides a new form of governance in it.

Students are primarily working on the following questions:
(1)Why does the nation state system form international institutions and organizations?
(2)For the maintenance of international peace and security, what kind of roles and functions do international institutions play?
(3)Why do we find more international institutions in the field of international political economy than that of international peace and security? What are the differences between the two fields?
(4)What functions do international institutions provide for the recognition and resolution of new issues in the international society?
(5)Is today’s globalization requiring a new form of global governance including non governmental organizations?
(6)Are there any distinct characteristics in regional institutions of Asia?

In principle, students are leaning one topic with two class sessions; the first session focusing on historical back grounds as well as theoretical approaches to an issue, whereas the second session trying to provide a contemporary case study to deepen the students’ understanding of the issue. In both sessions, students are expected to express their opinions and to participate in a class discussion actively.
Citizenship and Democracy in a Global Age The aim of this course is to explore why "citizenship" matters in democracy in a global age we live in. Here are two aspects of citizenship in political theory: "public participation" and "tolerance toward different others". This course follows the contemporary currents of democratic theory from participatory democracy to radical democracy, as well as of civil society arguments in the 1980s and 90s. Then, we examine discussions on so called "global democracy" and "global civil society". Finally, we will consider what "global citizenship" could mean and how it would be possible.
International Relations in Asia This course focuses on the theoretical and policy issues of international relations in Asia. First, students will learn the theoretical frameworks of Asian diplomatic relations, as well as diplomatic policies of major countries in the region. The special emphasis will be the changing role of the US in the region, the rise of China and India, and Japanese policy under the Abe administration. Then, the latter half of the course will focus on major diplomatic issues in contemporary Asia, such as history issues, the North Korean nuclear development, the evolution of public diplomacy. Finally, students will try to identify trends and future prospects in the region.
International Bargaining We will focus on the importance of diplomacy and intergovernmental negotiations in a globalised world as a central policy instrument for the United States, Japan, China, the European countries and other powers. Specifically, we will look at those instances—The Cuba Crisis, German Unification, Sino-Japanese relations and the Bosnia conflict—when the international community deployed diplomacy successfully to prevent war, end an international crisis, or achieve a positive outcome. We will also study examples of when diplomacy fails and war or conflict ensue—the 2003 Iraq War, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute, the North Korea Nuclear Crisis and the Iran nuclear issue. While this course focuses on a global approach to intergovernmental negotiations, we will pay close attention to the "how" of diplomacy. How is international bargaining conducted at the highest levels? How can a country use negotiations, the combination of diplomacy and threat of force effectively? How can the United Nations and other international organisations operate more effectively to prevent human rights violations, injustice and war?
Comparative Politics The module examines the various concepts use in contemporary comparative politics. The module will cover theoretical components the location of a concept or concepts in an appropriate tradition and practical components the comparative study of specific cases, as an introduction to the comparative method. Particular emphasis will be placed on democracies and the process of democratization, comparing and contrasting different phases of democratization as well as regional differences. In so doing, the module will examine some of the central issues concerning the concept of democracy, processes of democratisation, and international efforts to promote democracy abroad. The module seeks:
1. To introduce students to the systematic study of countries other than their own and to the use of the comparative method;
2. To survey the principal current systems of government and introduce key terms and concepts;
3. To place their study in a developmental perspective and to illustrate the main approaches used in the comparative study of politics;
4. To develop understanding of the processes involved in development, liberalization, and democratization in recent politics.
Nonprofit Organizations and Public Sector Modern governments in developed countries are in the framework of market economy and democracy. Various sizes and kinds of non-profit organizations also provide public services in many fields such as education, welfare, health care, etc., under limited financial support by governments.
This class searches for activities of NPOs as well as their missions, methods and financial resources, from multiple viewpoints of accounting, financial management, domestic and international politics.