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2010/2011  BA-1IRA  International Relations in Asia

English Title
International Relations in Asia

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course Coordinator
Yang Jiang
Main Category of the Course
  • International Politics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of major schools of international relations theory, and be able to identify their different assumptions, logics and arguments.
Show a basic understanding of the role of the state, institutions and politics in social and economic affairs at the national, transnational and international levels.
Demonstrate an overall view of international relations in Asia, with an emphasis on the pressing issues for the region today.
Show an understanding of the heterogeneity of Asian countries and how it shape dynamics among them in regional and global affairs.
Demonstrate the ability to critically think and discuss about international relations theory, both from a conceptual angle and from empirical evidence in Asia.
Assessment Term Paper
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period May/June
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

This course provides an international political and institutional framework for understanding the economic and social dynamics in contemporary Asia. It introduces major theories of international relations, and discusses how they can be understood in an Asian context. Therefore it not only applies theory to explain and interpret Asian phenomena, but also employs Asian experiences to critique existing theories that are based mainly on Western history. The course is divided into two parts. The first part is organized according to schools of international relations theory: liberalism and neo-liberalism, realism and neo-realism, English school and constructivism, Marxism and critical theory, as well as efforts to establish Asian international relations theory based on Eastern philosophies. The second part discusses issues central to Asia with an emphasis on the role of the state and institutions, including development, environment,
regionalism and the relations between Asia and the rest of the world, including EU, US, Africa etc. and global institutions. The roles of important regional actors such as China, India, Japan and Southeast Asian countries will be used for the discussions about theory and issues.

Teaching Methods
Classes are lecture/discussion format. Three hours per session, two sessions per week over five weeks (except that the last week has only one session).
Further Information

This course is part of the overall Year One theme, "Comparative Cultural and Social Analysis". The course is intended for students of the Asian Studies Programme in general and serves as an intellectual preparation for the 2nd and 3rd year courses.