Japan in the World - PO557

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5)
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5)







This module explores the place of Japan in today’s international system. It not only investigates Japan’s most important bilateral relationships, such as the Japan-US axis and relations with China, Korea, etc., but also Japan’s increasing role in multilateral bodies, such as the UN, ASEAN and APEC. Economic questions and security issues will both be addressed alongside the problems of Japanese energy. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of how the China/Japan conflict gets more important and how Japan’s perception may differ from those in Europe or the USA.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

150 hours including 22 hours lecture/seminar; 128 study hours

Method of assessment

50% coursework (2500 word essay/country study (35%), 500 word Op. Ed. (15%)), 50% exam (2hr)

Indicative reading

Hook G et al, Japan’s International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security (Routledge 2011)

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will:
- Be familiar with why Japan is an important country to study both as a regional power and as the second largest economy in the World.
- Understand the historical and geographical constraints on Japan
- Understand the role of Japan in the regional and world international political economy, together with its role in international organisations.
- Understand the international relations of a country which is not part of the western bloc and be able to use this to inform about international relations in a western context.

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