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POL400ZA(政治学 / Politics 400)
Seminar: International Relations I


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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6421,A6422
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木4/Thu.4,木5/Thu.5
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 4
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Global Open Program
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Outline and objectives

The first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed dramatic changes in international relations. It has become increasingly obvious that the relative power and influence of the United States over world politics is declining vis-à-vis new rising stars, most notably China. At the same time, the legitimacy of Western liberal norms and values (such as democracy, the rule of law, and human rights) that have constituted an important feature of an American-led order are being challenged by the rise of alternative norms and values, supported by rising authoritarian states, most notably China. This trend has been further reinforced by rising public distrust of existing political systems in many Western democracies, in particular the United States, mainly stemming from detrimental effects of economic globalization. In addition, the international political stage, which was previously dominated by states, has increasingly featured non-state actors, including non-government organizations, multinational corporations, and terrorist groups. The enormous growth of non-state actors poses serious challenges to the power and authority of the state. These drastic changes in the realm of IR pose the significant question: What will be the shape of the world order in the 21st century?

In order to address this question, this seminar will examine the following:
1) Shifts in power distribution among great powers, including the United States, China, Japan, India, and the major European countries.
2) Prospects for global governance (Pandemic, Climate Change, Financial Crisis)
3) New technology and geopolitics (US-China competitions, The roles of “Big-Tech” companies)
4) The political effects of economic globalization (The rise of populism and the decline of democracy in major countries)
5) Competition among differing norms and values: disputes over capitalism, democracy, human rights, and self-determination in the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia.

Seminar participants will examine these critical issues by utilizing major theories of IR.


The course objectives are:
1) To provide students with a background for eventual careers in fields (including work in government, international organizations, business, and the media) which require articulate, clear-thinking individuals with a grasp of contemporary international relations (IR);
2) To enable students to establish a firm foundation for studying IR at graduate level;
3) To enable students to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of the course through the expression of relevant factual knowledge and the comprehension of relevant theory, deployed with appropriate analytical skill, as evidenced in discussion, oral presentation and written work.

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)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

The spring semester will have detailed discussion on topics relating to the main theme of this seminar. Extensive review of IR theories will also be conducted in the early weeks of the semester.
During the fall semester (and the summer camp), students will undertake their own research projects. Seminar members will also engage in some group work relating to their research topics, role-play, and simulation studies).
Students will be required to write several short essays (only in the spring semester) and one research paper during the course (submitting a research paper by the late January 2023). Students can choose any topics within the discipline of IR. Minimum length for the research paper is 4,000 words. Fourth-year students will concentrate on their dissertation projects during the year. Dissertation subjects can be on anything within the IR discipline. Minimum length is 8,000 words, excluding bibliography, but including notes, any appendices and tables.
Comments for assignments are given during class and office hours.

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

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Course outline

2[対面/face to face]:Review of IR Theories

Reviewing IR theories

3[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 1

Discussion on the assigned topic

4[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 2

Discussion on the assigned topic

5[対面/face to face]:Debate 1


6[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 3

Discussion on the assigned topic

7[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 4

Discussion on the assigned topic

8[対面/face to face]:Debate 2 and the Mid-term Presentation (4th year students)

Presenting preliminary research proposal

9[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 6

Discussion on the assigned topic

10[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 7

Discussion on the assigned topic

11[対面/face to face]:Debate 3


12[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 8

Discussion on the assigned topic

13[対面/face to face]:Seminar Topic 9

Discussion on the assigned topic.

14[対面/face to face]:Debate 4/Final Research Proposal Presentation (Fourth- year students)

Presenting a research proposal

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

Students are expected to engage in detailed independent and group study in order to achieve their seminar tasks. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 4 hours each.


Students are required to pore over assigned readings specified by the lecturer.


Information relating to references will be provided during the course.

Grading criteria

Third year students: Essays (45%), Presentations and Discussions (35%), Debate (20%). Fourth year students: Class Contributions (20%), Mid-Term and Final Presentations (35%), Research Proposals (45%).

Changes following student comments

Handouts to be provided in a timely manner.

Equipment student needs to prepare

Course materials will be delivered via the Hoppii.


Students wishing to take this seminar are required to have completed "Introduction to International Relations" or "World Politics" .