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UAB Barcelona Summer School

International Relations Of East Asia


The International Politics of East Asia course offers an in-depth academic examination of one of the world's most economically and politically important regions. Home to China and Japan, the world's second and third largest economies, East Asia is a major global hub for finance, manufacturing, and trade. However, this economic dynamism exists against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions and unresolved conflicts that are the focus of this course. 

The course begins with a historical context, tracing East Asia's development during the Cold War, a period marked by superpower rivalry and proxy wars. This historical perspective is crucial to understanding the region's contemporary political landscape, particularly the continuing impact of the Cold War legacy on current geopolitical tensions. 

From there, the course moves on to an in-depth analysis of the modern dynamics within East Asia. Key areas of focus include: 

  • The evolving roles of major powers such as China, Japan, the United States and South Korea, and their influence on the regional geopolitical landscape. 

  • The strategic and political implications of China's rise as a regional and global power. 

  • Developments in East Asian regionalism. 

  • Issues concerning intra-regional security, with focus on the main flashpoints of tension such as the unresolved status of Taiwan, North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. 

The course takes a multi-dimensional approach, using lectures, readings, and discussions to explore these issues. In addition, students will participate in a simulation exercise designed to provide practical insight into the region's complex political dynamics and future challenges. This exercise is designed to reinforce theoretical knowledge with experiential learning, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of East Asia's international politics. 

Upon completion, students will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the key factors shaping East Asia's international politics, armed with both historical context and an appreciation for the region's current geopolitical intricacies. 

Courses generally have little or no prerequisite knowledge required for a given topic, however if students face any doubts, we recommend they contact course professors to clarify.

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