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Postgraduate Course: Japanese-Chinese Relations: History and Contemporary Issues (ASST11090)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEast Asia is - and will be for the foreseeable future - the most dynamic region of the world, politically as well as economically. Relations between China and Japan are at the centre of this development. This course offers an overview of the history of Japanese-Chinese relations in the modern period, i.e. since the mid-nineteenth century, and links this in the second part of the course to discussions on contemporary issues such as Japan's and China's role in the East Asian integration process, their rivalry in Southeast Asia, border issues and the history debates, their co-operation regarding North Korea etc. The course strives to provide a holistic understanding of the history and contemporary issues of Sino-Japanese relations, i.e. not only investigate their political dimension, but also their cultural, sociological, economic etc. underpinnings.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students.
Course description 1. Introduction: Studying Sino-Japanese relations, methods and aims
2. Pre-modern relations, modern rivalry 1871-1895
3. 'Civilization' and cultural relations between Qing China and Meiji Japan
4. Japan's informal and formal expansion in China, 1895-1937
5. The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-45 and the long way to normalization in the 1970s
6. The history debates between Japan and China since the 1980s
7. Border disputes and energy issues
8. The North Korean Problem
9. The Japanese-Chinese engagement in Southeast Asia and Africa and global governance
10. Japan's and China's role in the East Asian integration process
11. Concluding Discussion: the future of Sino-Japanese relations in the 21st century
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
Students who have completed this course successfully will have acquired an overview of the major developments of Sino-Japanese relations since the mid-19th century unto the present; developed an understanding of the principal issues that continue to shape relations between China and Japan and will remain problematic in the foreseeable future; understood the role Sino-Japanese relations play in East Asia and the process of East Asian integration; gained insight into the multitude of factors and aspects that constitute the relations between China and Japan, not only political, but also cultural, sociological, economic etc.
Reading List
Iriye, Akira, China and Japan in the global setting, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1992.
Christopher Howe, ed., China and Japan: History, Trends, and Prospects, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.
Soderberg, Marie, ed., Chinese-Japanese relations in the twenty-first century: complementarity and conflict, London; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Wan, Ming, Sino-Japanese relations: interaction, logic, and transformation, Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2006.
Hsiung, James C., ed., China and Japan at odds: deciphering the perpetual conflict, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Yang, Daqing et al. (eds.), Toward a History Beyond Borders: Contentious Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2012.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (ASST10120)
Course organiserDr Aaron Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
Course secretaryMiss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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