Japan's role as a major power in the Asia-Pacific and the world generally makes understanding the context, drivers and nature of its foreign and security policies an imperative. This course examines how Japan has approached international affairs, from the 19th century until the present. It covers both the domestic and international dimensions of Japanese policymaking, focusing on how different political forces and questions of identity have shaped the evolution of the country's foreign and security policy practices. Key areas of study include: the historical emergence of Japanese strategic thinking; the establishment of the so-called Yoshida Doctrine and the country's alliance with the US during the Cold War; its relationship with other nations in Northeast Asia; and the security reforms enacted at different stages over the post–Cold War period.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of Japan's foreign and security policies and the interplay between these policies and the country's domestic and international politics
- Understand key debates on the development of Japan's foreign and security policies in the scholarly literature and critically analyse key factors influencing Japan's strategic identity and approach to international affairs
- Apply historical and conceptual knowledge of Japan's foreign and security policies to analyse the country's contemporary approach to international affairs
- Show strong written and oral communication skills for discussing and analysing Japanese foreign and security policies
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
- Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (0) [LO null]
- Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Online Quizz 1 (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Online Quizz 2 (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay Plan (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- In-class Test (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
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