Go Forward

演習(ゼミナール)紹介[ヴァシリューク,スヴェトラーナ VASSILIOUK, Svetlana]

明治大学国際日本学部 演習(ゼミナール)紹介
ヴァシリューク,スヴェトラーナ 教授 

(担当科目) 国際関係論 / (Lecture) International Relations
(開講言語) 英語 / (Language) English

■演習テーマ / Theme
“Japan’s International Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region”

This seminar offers lectures, discussions, and readings on Japan’s contemporary foreign policy with the focus on the Asia-Pacific Region (the APR), while reflecting on the history, policy foundations, and contentious issues in Japan’s relations with the region’s major powers. During the two years in this seminar, students will participate in field trips, attend public talks, and prepare summaries, short reports, and news analyses pertaining to the topics covered in class. At the end of the 4th year, they will be required to write and present a research paper (thesis) covering one of the difficult and/or unresolved issues in Japan’s foreign relations in the APR.
■授業内容 / Activities
<3年次 / 3rd Year>
This seminar will begin with an overview of Japan’s history of foreign relations, providing students with the historical frameworks for explaining and understanding Japan’s contemporary international relations in the APR. The seminar lectures, discussions, and readings will focus on a variety of core topics, such as: imperialism in East Asia and Japan’s participation in major military conflicts of the 19th-early 20th centuries; the Pacific War (1937-1945) and its legacy in Japan and abroad focusing on Japan’s war crimes and war remembrance, reconciliation and other key issues in Japan’s relations with the APR countries.
<4年次 / 4th Year>
The seminar will continue tracking key issues in Japan’s contemporary relations with the APR major nations, while paying special attention to the rise of China and the impact of the declining power of the US – Japan’s top international partner and ally – in regional and global affairs. In preparation for the seminar’s final research project, students will study the origins, the history of negotiations, and the prospects for the settlement of Japan’s contentious issues in the APR.