As part of 21JPSI, two new courses will be introduced in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (based in EALC and joint-listed with International Studies), significantly expanding the school’s offerings on contemporary Japan. These courses have no prerequisites and are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Enrolled students will also be given special opportunities to meet with leading Japan experts from across the country (and beyond) coming to IU as part of speaker series across campus, especially 21JPSI's new "Japanese Politics and Society" Speaker Series and biennial conferences on U.S. - Japan Relations.
This course introduces students to the history and politics of U.S. - Japan relations in a regional and global context, with a particular focus on challenges confronting leaders in both countries—from trade wars and the rise of China to climate change and North Korean nuclear weapons. We will investigate the sources of these challenges and critically evaluate U.S.’ and Japan’s policy responses. (Instructor: Prof. Adam Liff; offered in Fall 2018).
This course introduces students to Japan’s foreign relations and the politics of its foreign policy. We will focus primarily on the development of Japanese politics and foreign policy since World War II, with particular attention paid to Japan's postwar relations with mainland China, North and South Korea, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and the United States. We will also critically examine how Tokyo is seeking to adjust its policies in the face of the complicated challenges of the 21st century (Instructor: Prof. Adam Liff; offered in Fall 2019).
This *planned* course will introduce students to the numerous domestic political and social challenges facing Japan in the 21st century. From the world's most rapidly aging society to the challenge of bringing more women and immigrants into the workforce, Japan's political leaders have struggled to effectively address a number of vexing domestic issues. We will investigate the sources of these challenges; identify their political, economic and social externalities; and evaluate Japan's policy responses. As a survey course on contemporary Japanese politics and society, this seminar will cover a wide range of topics—e.g., Japan's political institutions and the constitution revision movement, to gender, immigration, demographics, and the role of the media. (Instructor: TBD; expected in AY 2020-2021)