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International Relations Major

Master Global Trends and Policy

The International Relations major is for students who want to contribute to international society from a global perspective. The central themes of the major include international cooperation and the nature and causes of conflict, poverty, and war.

Comparative Culture
Comparative Politics
This is an introductory course in Comparative Politics. This course will introduce students who are new to the field of Comparative Politics to the leading theories and debates of this field while simultaneously introducing students to the history of political, economic, and cultural relations of various regions. By comparing how political systems develop and function in different countries, we will theorize about the historical development and future trajectories of domestic politics in the various parts of the world.
Comparative Social Institutions
Social institutions are important features of any society. Institutions such as government and economy pattern our social lives through formal rules, restrictions, and opportunities. Social institutions such as marriage, media, education, and religion are cultural institutions that pattern our social lives through ideology, in addition to rules, prescriptions and proscriptions for behavior. This course will examine multiple social institutions in US society and compare them to those in non-Western societies, particularly Japan.
Dilemmas of Development
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Intercultural Communications
This course provides a framework for analyzing intercultural communications in organizations. The major objectives of this course are to provide students with a broad understanding of approached and processes in domain of intercultural communication to help them to develop the analytical skills needed to facilitate the necessary changes in organization to enhance its performance.
International Development
This course examines how the development of nations can be started and what structure is necessary to promote growth. Economic development is basically necessary to increase income, but sound political and civil structures are essential to enhance development of each country. Discrepancy of income and poverty are also main issues to be studied on this course.
International Environment: Issues and Policies
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International Integration
International integration is one of the best approaches to achieve regional and global peace, as well as common economic goals. In this course, we try to make comparative analyses of integration phenomena between world regions, including Asia, Europe and America. Responding to the interests of students, Africa, Pacific, and MENA regions may be added. The theory and reality of European Union is emphasized as the typical integrated success. Newspapers and articles are introduced to explain the trends of worldwide regionalism.
International Law
This course aims to present a panorama of public international law, which covers rules that govern the relations basically between states. The course will start with an introduction to the international legal order as compared to domestic law and society. It will then focus on core areas of public international law which involve the following: subjects and sources of international law, jurisdiction, diplomatic relations, the law of the sea, settlement of international disputes, and prohibition of the use of force.
International Political Economy
Mankind stands now at the crossroads, not knowing where to go. IPE philosophy, theory and methodology will give us the ability to understand global situation and the guidance to desirable direction. It is needed for the students in this course to have broad understanding of the contemporary world with the feeling of responsibility for this planetary earth, beyond the nationality.
International Organization
Is there any possibility of "cooperation" among individual states? True, the international system has been called an "anarchical society". Historically, however, it has been searching for the organizations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations after the scourge of each War. In this course, after analyzing their historical origins, functions and operations in detail, we will focus on some specific global issues now we face: the collective security under the United Nations, international criminal justice and climate change.
International Politics
This is a survey course on international politics. The course examines various issues on war and peace from theoretical and historical perspectives. Specific questions to be addressed include: Why do people and nations resort to violence to resolve conflicts? Is the logic of state behavior different from that of human behavior? Under what conditions are nations more likely to cooperate? Prior knowledge on the subject is not required.
International Economics
This course examines various issues on trade, trade policy and open monetary economies theoretically and empirically. Specific questions to be addressed include: What gains do the nations get from trading each other according to the comparative advantage? What are the characteristics of modern trade? What are the traditional and new theories of trade policy? What is the role of World Trade Organization? How are an economy's trade and financial transactions with the rest of the world recorded in balance-of-payments accounts? Under what mechanism is an open economy's national income determined together with its trade balance? Prior knowledge on the subject is not required.
International Relations of Asia-Pacific
This course examines the relations and issues among the countries surrounding the Pacific Ocean such as Japan, U.S., Canada, Russia, China, Korea, ASEAN, Oceania and Central and South American countries. Regional agreements such as NAFTA, ASEAN, and various FTAs and EPAs, and also TPP, WTO negotiations will be studied. The structural problems on the region will be deeply analyzed in this course.
International Relations of Europe
The course serves an introduction to the European Union; it examines the doctrines and institutions that structure the European Union, the political context that made this project possible, and the challenges it faces. It covers how the European Union developed and European efforts to protect civil rights, regulate the workplace and fight terrorism. As this is an introductory course no prior knowledge is assumed. It covers the core EU institutions; European Human Rights Law; EU security institutions; and the EU's foreign policy.
International Relations of Japan
This course consists of four sections. First, it looks at the historical roots of Japanese politics and foreign policy, going back to the era of imperialism. Second, it analyzes domestic sources of Japan's international behavior, focusing on the political and socio-economic structures. Third, it reviews Japan's current international behavior in areas of security and economics. Finally, it examines some of the major controversies in the study of Japanese politics and foreign policy.
International Relations of the Middle East
This is an introductory course to the contemporary Middle East (ME). It looks at how the region was shaped and what are the key factors that have made it into such a turbulent region that occupies so much of the world's attention. We will cover a range of historical, social, political and economic factors that unit and divides its people. Prior knowledge on the subject is not required.
International Relations Presentation
This course is an introductory course on presentation skills in an international relations context. Public speaking skills will be taught, including effective use of visual materials (i.e., PowerPoint). Students will also learn how to give constructive feedback to others. Students must be prepared to create presentation materials, to present in front of a class, and to give and receive feedback. After completion of this course, students should be confident in their abilities as an effective communicator.
Japanese Politics in Comparative Perspective
Are Japan and its government different from Western structures in ways that shed light on its past success and failures? Are there elements of the Japanese political and economic model that other countries should try to emulate? Are there policies that we should encourage Japan to change in order to mitigate their negative effects on the global economy? These are just some of the questions we will explore during this course.
Japanese Society
This course will offer an introduction to some of the key social institutions (families, schools, workplaces, etc.) in contemporary Japan, in light of recent and ongoing demographic and structural changes in Japanese society and political economy. Furthermore, we will also analyze mass media reports vis-à-vis rigorous scholarship to consider how empirical reality can be "spun" by the mass media to further a particular argument or contribute to the production and dissemination of particular discourses or stereotypes.
Media and Society in Japan
We will study media and society in Japan from two angles: their content and their systems.
1. The content of media is determined by senders and receivers in the society.
2. The media messages influence actions and perceptions of the members of the society.

At the end of the course the students will be able to
1. Evaluate the content of public and commercial media messages in Japan.
2. Explain the influence of the media on human psyche and thinking patterns. 
Non-state Actors and Political Violence
The purpose of the course is to discuss the ways and means in which states and international organizations have sought to counter political violence following 9/11. The course, focusing mainly on Islamic-inspired political violence, is divided into three main parts: it opens with an analysis of the conceptual challenges that come with the phenomenon of political violence. The second section explores how international and regional organizations have sought to address political violence. The third section reviews how states - Britain, United States and Pakistan have adapted their policies and outlooks following 9/11.
Political Economy of East Asia
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Public Diplomacy and Image Politics
This introductory course discusses global changes in diplomatic practices and political communication. While state-to-state traditional diplomacy still matters in international politics, it now co-exists with a series of innovative practices that are often outgrowths of corporate practices. We will discuss the emergence of public diplomacy, nation branding and soft power politics. We will cover theoretical challenges posed by the new public diplomacy and soft power politics but also promotional practices such as nation branding. Additionally, we will focus on case studies and discuss empirical applications and consequences of new trends in global political communication.
Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods in the social sciences through a combination of theoretical discussion and hands-on practical experience. We begin with a review of the political, philosophical and ethical debates surrounding the use of qualitative methods. The remainder of the course will cover the "nuts and bolts" of qualitative research: gathering data through interviews, focus groups, and observation; strategies for recording, coding and analyzing qualitative data; and evaluating and presenting research.
Thesis Writing Seminar
This course is highly recommended for students planning to write an undergraduate thesis or advanced research paper. The seminar is designed to provide students with important guidelines and skills for how to develop a topic, how to find and organize sources, and how to organize and present at thesis proposal.
Topics in IR: War and Peace in East Asia
In this course, students are expected to learn the basic theories of war and peace (Power Transition Theory, Scapegoat Theory, Mao's People's War Theory, and more). Students also learn military histories, military cultures and civil military relations in Asia. After learning case studies of war in Asia (Japan-China War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and others), students are expected to discuss the ideas of confidence building measures which can establish peace in Asia .
Tourism: Analysis and Planning
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Undergraduate Thesis
A student who wishes to write an undergraduate thesis must: a) acquire at least 80 course credits in advance, b) submit an Undergraduate Thesis Proposal, and c) register for the Undergraduate Thesis course. It is the student's responsibility to find a thesis supervisor and obtain his/her consent before registering for the course. A supervisor will meet the student on a regular basis during the semester to insure that a thesis will be completed on time and in a satisfactory manner. It is highly recommended, though not required, that the student take the English for Thesis Writing course prior to registering for this course.
U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy
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War and Peace in East Asia
In this course, students are expected to learn the basic theories of security study, political and military problems in East Asia, case studies of war in Asia, and the relation between war and culture in Asia.