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Spring 2012-2013
* WWS 317 / POL 389 / EAS 462 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

International Relations of East Asia

Thomas J. Christensen

This course will concentrate on the Cold War and post Cold War international relations of East Asia. In the first two weeks we will cover general theoretical approaches to international relations and a brief historical backdrop of Western and Japanese imperialism in the region. In the following weeks, we will discuss the interaction between changes in the broader international system and changes in international relations in the East Asian region. The course will finish with discussion of implications of events and trends since the end of the Cold War.

Sample reading list:
Besley, W.G., Japanese Imperialism: 1894-1945
Herring, George, America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam
Christensen, Thomas, Worse than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems
Mann, James H., About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of readings per week; Take-home mid-term essay exam; In-class short answer exam; and 10-12 page take-home final exercise.

Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Freshmen may have the option to enroll with permission of the instructor. Graduate students will be expected to explore the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research. Please see the additional requirements listed on the following website

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40008 L01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am M W   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:63 Limit:90
P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P02 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   035   Enrolled:9 Limit:15
P06 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
P07 07:00:00 pm - 08:30:00 pm T   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:0 Limit:15