International Relations of East Asia

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations of East Asia

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Learning outcomes

    This course is an overview of international relations of the East Asian region, which aims at broadly exploring the economic and political issues surrounding the Asia-Pacific rim. At the end of the course students will be able to examine a set of topics related to historical and contemporary patterns of state relations in East Asia, US security alliance in East Asia and the new Asian Pivot, the rise of China, nuclear crisis in the Korean Peninsula, territorial disputes, regional multilateral institutions, East Asian development models and economic integration, environmental challenges, energy security, and other related issues.

    Course contents

    Northeast Asia, a geographic area including the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of China and the two Koreas, represents one of the most important regions in the world in terms of population, natural resources, trading and investment opportunities. Despite the outstanding economic performances, this region still remains unstable from the political point of view: the division of the Korean peninsula, territorial disputes between Japan and Russia and between Japan and China, complicated relations between Taipei and Beijing, without mentioning the debated role played by the United States in the region. The main task of this course is to shed light on the "nature" and problems in the relations among the main "regional" actors (including the United States), by examining the changes which have taken place, especially in the last decade. 

    Teaching methods

    Lectures and plenary discussions. Periodically, movies or clips can be displayed and will be followed by a discussion.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.