International Relations [CRN 27398]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Karlin
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 08:00
End: 09:20
Field Work: Day 1 | January 24, 2017 | Japan
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Students will learn about major events in international affairs post-World War II and the primary schools of thought for understanding these events.  Delving into these theories will help students approach, appreciate, and be conversant in this discipline, in addition to exposing them to the relevant foundational literature for understanding key issues, actors, and institutions. Students will learn how to understand complex affairs from different points of view and wrestle with the dilemmas inherent in foreign affairs. Approaching issues of international relations from both evidence-focused and policymaking perspectives will help students better understand the practice of international relations, enabling them to become more rigorous thinkers of today’s global landscape. Students will also explore possible trajectories for the future global environment they will live in, particularly examining possible futures for China, India, and the United States, and will develop their own assessments of key trends. Doing so will enable students to tie their understanding of historic trends in international relations to the different approaches they may encounter in the future as citizens of a complex and dynamic world.

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 1
Date: January 24, 2017

The rise of Asia is shaping the international system in a number of ways with different implications for those in and outside of the region.  Students will meet with diplomats at the U.S. consulate, who can discuss the challenges and opportunities that the United States faces vis-à-vis Asia, particularly focusing on the U.S. Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and the dilemmas surrounding U.S.-Japanese and Chinese dynamics, respectively.  They will then have a dialogue with Japanese university students, who can share a different perspective about Japan’s evolving regional role, the rise of China, and U.S. policy. Learning Objectives:

  1. Implications of the rise of Asia from multiple perspectives
  2. U.S. policy dilemmas vis-à-vis Asia
  3. U.S. and Japanese views and expectations of one another, the alliance’s future, and China