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Syllabus - Spring2010 IR360: Instructor KOSAL PATH Ph.D...

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University of Southern California School of International Relations Spring 2010 IR 360: International Relations of the Pacific Rim Instructor: KOSAL PATH, Ph.D. Email: [email protected] Office Location: VKC 314, Phone: (213) 740-4066 Office Hours: Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 am and by appointment Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursday, 3:30 - 4:50 pm VKC 150 Course Goals Complexity, diversity and hierarchy are the defining features of the Pacific Rim international politics since the end of the Cold War. This course is intended to familiarize students with theoretical tools (both traditional and critical security study approaches) to analyze the transition of the regional order, security dynamics, economic integration, and the emergence of a variety of new security challenges in this region since the end of the Pacific War. The main goals are: 1) To enable students to apply different theoretical approaches to explain the evolving distribution of power (i.e. the implications of the rise of China on the regional order), specific sets of puzzle (i.e. the lack of institutionalization in Asian multilateralism), crucial events (i.e. the impact of the AFC), trends (i.e. cross-regionalism), or non- traditional security issues. 2) To familiarize students with a research process, ranging from developing their research question (s), a literature review, collecting and identifying good quality of sources to formulating an argument. Class Structure Each session begins with a 20-30 minute class discussion followed by lecture. Students are required to do all assigned readings and come prepared to participate in class discussion. Course Requirements Students will be evaluated on class attendance and participation (15%), a midterm (20%), a research paper including topic, outline, draft and final version (35%), and a final exam (30%). Required Readings 1
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David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda eds., International Relations of Asia (Lanham, UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009) [hereafter Shambaugh & Yahuda] Amitav Acharya and Evelyn Goh eds., Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2007) [hereafter Acharya & Goh] Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald eds. Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific , (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2007) [hereafter Burke & McDonald] *The Course Reader [hereafter “ Reading ”], if not instructed otherwise, is available for purchase at the Magic Machine located at the University Village. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… COURSE SCHEDULE AND READINGS Week 1 : Jan. 12-14, The Asia-Pacific Region: Geography and Key Developments Course Overview Crump, “Introduction: the world of Asia-Pacific,” Ch. 1, pp. 1-23 [Reading 1]. Michael Yahuda, “Introduction,” in The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific, 2 nd edition (New York, N.Y.: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), pp. 5-20. [Reading 2] Discussion questions: What are some of the main definitive features of the new Asia-Pacific region or the Pacific Rim region? What are the major critical junctures of the region’s international politics?
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