- Code ASIA2017
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Tomoko Akami
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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History is vital to our understanding of the current international relations of Northeast Asia. This course aims to deepen students' understanding of the international relations of Northeast Asia from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It will especially focus on the nature of the regional order, its place in a broader global order, and diverse perspectives on key events in the international relations of the region. It will focus on Japan, China, and Korea as the core of this region, and examine their relationship with each other, as well as with other key powers, such as the USSR/Russia, the United States and Britain, and international organizations. While the course refers to key concepts of International Relations, it also incorporates recent work in International History, which critically examines these concepts. It also stresses the transnational networks of people and ideas, as well as the meaning of historical memory in international relations of the region.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. critically assess key ideas and debates in international relations between late 19th century and now.
2. understand the roles of the empires, the colonies, the nation-states, and international organizations in Northeast Asia in the changing structure of the regional and global order.
3.understand diverse perspectives on the key events in international relations in the region between the late 19th century and now.
4. develop a critical perspective to on major debates in international history and international affairs.
5. critically utilise case studies and concrete evidence when arguing analytical points in writing.
6. summarise, digest and present the contents of analytical readings.
Indicative AssessmentSeminar participation (10%),
Book review (20%) (900 words)
Research essay (2000 words) (35%)
Final exam (2 questions) (15+20=35%)
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32 contact hours per semester - the total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Iriye, Akira, China and Japan in the Global Setting (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard UP, 1992).
Yahuda, M., The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific: 1945-1995 (New York: Routledge, 1996).
Duus, Peter, Ramon H. Myers, and Mark R. Peattie, eds., The Japanese Informal Empire in China, 1895-1937 (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1989).
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