International Relations 1A University of Tsukuba
The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the main theories of conflict and cooperation in international relations. Students are expected not just to understand the main arguments of various theories, but also to critically examine them and develop skills to think like a social scientist.
Goals of the Course: Through studying various international political issues and major International Relations theories, students will be able to acquire "expertise," and "research ability" needed to understand how theories can be applied. Students will also improve “communication ability,” broaden their “global awareness,” and learn the significance of the "capacity to leverage academic knowledge."
Competences: Generic Competences: Capacity to Leverage Academic Knowledge; Communication Ability; Global Awareness Specific Competences: Research Ability; Expertise Acquisition
Grades will be based on a term paper (50%), classroom participation (25%), and a presentation (25%).
Organizational Meeting and IntroductionRealismLiberal TheoryUnipolarityNormative Source of Japan's National SecurityWhy no NATO in Asia?The Rise of ChinaBase PoliticsThe Pandemic and the FutureSummary
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