International Relations [CRN 81219]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Bunck
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 2 | December 3, 2018 | Japan
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course will use a world-order perspective to investigate certain central concepts and theories of international relations in the context of the countries we will visit during our Semester at Sea. We will explore the chief sources of international disorder and examine efforts to order international affairs by promoting certain interactions, discouraging others, and manipulating power. Among the questions we will examine are the following. What is meant by world order, and what is its relation to justice? How have forces like imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism, ideology and revolution affected international relations? How has the nature of war evolved? To what extent has an international society been created in which actors can cooperate to attain goals? What has been the role of diplomacy, and how has it changed over time? What is and has been the nature of power? How are alliances arranged and commitments made? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to managing military relations? What are we to make of interdependence and globalization? How have governments attempted to use such economic tools as sanctions and foreign assistance to promote stability and order as well as prosperity?

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 2
Date: December 3, 2018

This field class will provide students with the opportunity to discuss with a U.S. Consulate official current U.S. relations with the Japan and U.S.-Asian relations more generally. What are the most pressing political and economic issues shaping the relationship? Where does China, Korea, North Korea, and other Asian states fit into the U.S.-Japanese relationship? We will then travel to the University of Osaka where the students will enjoy an opportunity to participate in a student discussion of Japanese and American politics and U.S.-Japanese relations.

Learning objectives:

  1.  Students will have the opportunity to listen to U.S. diplomat discuss U.S.-Japanese relations and U.S.-Asian relations more generally.
  2. Lecture will address the current major opportunities, obstacles, and issues that dominate U.S-Japanese relations.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the diplomat.
  3. Students will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the views of their Japanese peers at a Japanese university.  What concerns and challenges appear to be the most important from the perspective of Japanese college students?