PLIR 2030: International Relations of East Asia (Spring 2012)
MW 9:00-9:50 in Wilson 301
Office: Gibson 461 (tel: 924-3211)
Hrs: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 (or appt)
course is designed to introduce students who are new to the field of
international relations (IR) to the leading theories and debates of this field
while simultaneously introducing students who are new to
classes that introduce IR theories and debates to undergraduates do so by
surprisingly, the history of
question of whether pessimistic realist IR theories accurately describe what is
going on in contemporary
the purposes of this course, East Asia is defined as the region encompassing
the Russian Far East,
course introduces all four major schools of thought in the field of
international relations: realism, liberalism, constructivism, and domestic
politics. Students will read
classic works in each of these schools (typically NOT focused on
The class is a lecture course with discussion sections. Studentsf grades will be based on their level of participation in discussion sections (20 percent); the in-class, closed-book midterm (30); a take-home essay exam of 6-7 pages due near the end of the term (30); and an in-class short-answer final (20). The final will cover material only from the second half of the term.
Kenneth B. Pyle, Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (New York: Century Foundation, 2007).
Jonathan Fenby, Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power (New York: Harper Collins, 2008).
In addition to large portions of these two books, we will be reading journal articles and book chapters. All of these items, marked with a *, are available in the form of a course packet for sale at the Copy Shop on Elliewood.
SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNMENTS
1. Introduction (1/18)
2. Intro to IR Theory: Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism (1/23 and 1/25)
Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 18-65.
3. Before Colonialism: A Hierarchical World Order Centered on China (1/30 and 2/1)
*David Kang, gHierarchy and
Stability in Asian International Relations,h in G. John Ikenberry
and Michael Mastunduno, eds., International
Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific (
*Yuan-kang Wang, Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010): 145-180.
4. Organized Hypocrisy: East Meets West in the Nineteenth Century (2/6)
Fenby, Modern China, pp. 3-118.
*Stephen D. Krasner,
gOrganized Hypocrisy in Nineteenth-Century East
5. A Darwinian Competition: Japan Joins the Ranks of the gGreat Powersh While China Fractures (2/8 and 2/13)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 66-97.
Fenby, Modern China, pp. 119-216.
*Jeffrey Legro, gOverhaul of Orthodoxy in Tokugawa Japan and the Soviet Union,h in his Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005), pp. 122-142.
6. An Idealist Experiment: The Washington System (2/15)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 137-169.
7. Japanfs Imperial Over-stretch (2/20)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 170-209.
*Jack Snyder, Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991): 1-20, 112-152.
8. Cold War Alignments (2/22 and 2/27)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 210-240.
Fenby, Modern China, pp. 353-395.
*Tom Christensen, gA Lost Chance for What? Rethinking the Origins of US-PRC Confrontation,h The Journal of American-East Asian Relations 4:3 (Fall 1995): 249-278.
9. Cold War
Alliances: Why Does the U.S.-Japan
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 241-277.
*Christopher Hemmer and Peter J. Katzenstein, gWhy is There No NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism,h International Organization 56:3 (Summer 2002): 575-607.
10. The Cold War in Korea and Vietnam (3/19 and 3/21)
*Jonathan Mercer, Reputation and International Politics (New York: Cornell University Press, 1996): 14-48.
*Victor Cha, gAbandonment, Entrapment, and Neoclassical Realism in
*Yuen Foong Khong, Analogies at War:
11. The Nixon Shocks and Chinafs Realignment in the 1970s (3/26)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 310-327.
Fenby, Modern China, pp. 496-507.
12. Economic Cooperation and the Emergence of the Asian Economic Miracle (3/28)
*Robert Keohane, After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984): 85-109.
*Joseph M. Grieco, gAnarchy and the Limits of Cooperation: A Realist Critique of the Newest Liberal Institutionalism,h International Organization 42:3 (Summer 1988): 485-507.
13. U.S.-Asia Economic Cooperation Under Challenge in the Post-Cold War World (4/2 and 4/4)
*Michael Mastanduno, gDo Relative Gains
*Christina Davis, gInternational Institutions and Issue Linkage: Building Support for Agricultural Liberalization,h American Political Science Review 98:1 (February 2004): 1-17.
*Arthur Kroeber, gThe Renminbi: The Political Economy of a Currency,h Foreign Policy (September 2011)—10 page printout of internet version.
14. The Democratic Peace in Asia (4/9)
*Bruce Russet, Grasping the Democratic Peace (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993): 3-42.
*Robert M. Uriu, gExport-Led Development
and the Transformation of State Preferences in Industrialized Asia,h in Daizaburo Yui and Yasuo Endo, eds., Framing the Pacific in the 21st
Century: Coexistence and Friction (
15. Contemporary Challenges: Creating Regional Economic and Security Institutions (4/11 and 4/16)
*David P. Rapkin, gThe United States,
*Gregory P. Corning, gTrade Regionalism in a Realist East Asia: Rival Visions and Competitive Bilateralism,h Asian Perspective 35:2 (April-June 2011): 259-286.
16. Contemporary Challenges: Engineering a Soft Landing in North Korea (4/18 and 4/23)
*Sebastian Harnisch and David J. Roesch, gThe International Community and the North Korean Nuclear Programme,h in Rudiger Frank, et al, eds., Korea 2011: Politics, Economics and Society (Brill, 2011), 28 pages.
17. Contemporary Challenges: Avoiding Conflict Over Taiwan and Dealing with the Rise of China (4/25)
gFostering Stability or Creating a Monster?: The Rise
TAKE-HOME ESSAY WILL BE HANDED OUT 4/25 IN CLASS
18. Contemporary Challenges: Nudging Japan Toward a gNormalh Role (4/30)
Pyle, Japan Rising, pp. 363-374.
TAKE-HOME ESSAY EXAM DUE (Monday, April 30th, at the end of class)
FINAL EXAM: SHORT ANSWER ONLY (Friday, May 4, from 1400 to 1530)
PROF. SCHOPPA'S CLASS RULES
1. MISSED TESTS: You should notify me before the midterm if, for some reason, you will not be able to make it on that date. Permission will only be given in exceptional cases, and make-ups will be scheduled either before or after the regularly scheduled date--at my convenience.
2. LATE PAPERS: The final grade on the paper will be docked one letter (e.g. a B+ would be marked down to a C+) for every day it is late unless the delay has been approved by me, based on a very good reason, at least a week before the due date. Last minute computer problems are not an excuse!!! Back-up your work on disks to avoid losing it, and leave time for you to deal with last minute hitches (like a broken printer, a line in the computer lab) by aiming to finish well before the deadline.
3. SLEEPING THROUGH
FINALS: Finals can only be rescheduled under the strict conditions established
4. PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING: Taking the words and ideas of another and presenting them as your own (without proper use of quotation marks and citation) constitutes gplagiarismh and is considered grounds for trial and expulsion from the university through the Honor process. In the past year, I have seen one of my students expelled for this reason and another failed for attempting to cheat on a final exam. I take all cases of this type seriously and urge students to uphold the honor code.