May 29, 2023  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

POLS 239 - International Relations of East Asia

This course is a survey of contemporary international politics in East Asia, including China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Through the application of international relations theories, students will become familiar with key features of regional politics and how they are evolving in response to contemporary trends. Topics covered may vary in response to developments in the region and student interest but may include: the growth of China’s influence both within and beyond East Asia via the Belt and Road Initiative, the United States-centered “hub-and-spoke” alliance system, diplomacy regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, regional institutions for managing security and trade, disputes over sovereignty in the South China Sea, and non-traditional security issues such as terrorism or migration.

POLS 109  is recommended by not required

Credits 1

Social Science

Social Science

Beyond The West

Compass Attributes
Global Honors, Social Science, Structure/Power/Inequality, Taylor and Lane Scholars