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PSCI 265
The International Politics of East Asia Spring 2020
Division II

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This course examines the political, economic, and cultural determinants of conflict and cooperation in East Asia. Throughout the semester, we will examine three distinct but inter-related aspects of international relations in East Asia: Security, economy, and culture by using some core concepts and theoretical arguments widely accepted in the study of international relations. We will engage some of the central questions and issues in the current debate on East Asia. Do East Asian countries seek security and prosperity in a way fundamentally different from the Western system? Is there a single best way to maintain regional order and cooperation across regions? Will a strong China inevitably claim its traditional place under the sun? Will Japan continue to live as a nation with enormous economic power but limited military means? What is the choice for South Korea between security alliance with the United States and national reconciliation with the North? What should be done to dissuade the authoritarian regime in North Korea from acquiring nuclear capabilities and lead it to different paths toward national survival? By the end of the semester, you will gain both a general perspective and substantive knowledge on East Asian international politics.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3893
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm exam, team debate, take-home final exam, class participation and other assignments
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science and Asian Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses
PSCI International Relations Courses

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