Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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POL200ZA
Foreign Policy Analysis

TAKESHI YUZAWA

Class code etc
Class code A6275
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 火3/Tue.3
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 2~4
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Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

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Outline and objectives

This course will provide an overview of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), examining the processes and actors involved in foreign policy decision-making.

Goal

The course objectives are: (1) to enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in foreign policy decision-making; (2) to enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the contexts, pressures and constraints with which policy-makers must deal; (3) to enable students to demonstrate their ability to engage in comparative analysis of the foreign policies of major powers.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)

This course will first examine the key concepts and theories in foreign policy analysis (FPA), which are essential for understanding the contexts, pressures and constraints with which policy-makers must deal. These include the Rational Actor Model, the cognitive and psychological approaches, the bureaucratic politics approaches, the role of history and identity in foreign policy, and other internal-external factors influencing foreign policy decisions. After examining the major approaches in FPA, students will conduct case studies. For this reason, students will be required to give a group presentation based on readings relating to the foreign policies of the major states.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No

Schedule

※各回の授業形態は予定です。教員の指示に従ってください。

1:Introduction

Course outline

2:Actors and Structures 

Identifying the actors and structures influencing foreign policy

3:The Rational Actor Model 

Examining models and approaches to foreign policy decision-making from a rational actor perspective

4:Cognitive and Psychological Approaches I

Examining cognitive and psychological models which identify boundaries to rational decision-making

5:Cognitive and Psychological Approaches II

Examining cognitive and psychological models that identify boundaries to rational decision-making

6:The Role of Advisers and Bureaucracies

Examining the role of bureaucracies in foreign policy decision-making

7:Domestic Influences: Public Opinion and Media

Examining the role of the public and the media in foreign policy decision-making

8:External Influences: The Impacts of International Structures

Examining how the structural distribution of states' capabilities constrains the policy options that are realistically available to policy-makers

9:Case Studies and Group Presentations I: The Cuban Missile Crisis

Case studies based on group presentations

10:Case Studies and Group Presentations II: The United States and the Iraq War

Case studies based on group presentations

11:Case Studies and Group Presentation III: The United Kingdom and the Iraq War

Case studies based on group presentations

12:Case Studies and Group Presentations IV: The Yom Kippur War

Case studies based on group presentations

13:Case Studies and Group Presentations V: The Syrian Civil War

Case studies based on group presentations

14:Final Exam and Wrap-up

Final exam,
Review weeks 1-13

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students will be required to pore over the chapters of the books listed in the reference section before attending the lecture. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.
Students are expected to prepare for their presentations under the instructor's guidance.

Textbooks

No textbook will be used. However, students are required to read some chapters of the books listed in the reference section.

References

Smith, Steve, Hadfield, Amelia and Dunne,Tim. (eds), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases. Third edition. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Alden, Chris and Amnon, Aran. (eds), Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches. Second edition. Routledge, 2017.

Morin, Jean-Frédéric, and Paquin, Jonathan, Foreign Policy Analysis: A Toolbox . Palgrave Macmilan, 2018.

Mintz Alex and DeRouen, Karl R. Jr, Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making . Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Hudson, Valerie M. Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic And Contemporary Theory . Third edition. Rowman & Littlefield Pub, 2019.

Breuning, Marijke. Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Grading criteria

Presentation and contributions to class discussion (40%), Final examination (60%)

Changes following student comments

Handouts to be provided in a timely manner.

Prerequisite

Non-GIS students wishing to take part in this course should have adequate English skills to complete the course work and assignments.

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