OverviewThis module explores the place of Japan in todays international system. It not only investigates Japans most important bilateral relationships, such as the Japan-US axis and relations with China, Korea, etc., but also Japans 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 Japans perception may differ from those in Europe or the USA.
This module appears in:
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)
Hook G et al, Japans International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security (Routledge 2011)
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.