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Postgraduate Course: U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia (ASST11093)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySince the end of World War II, the United States has constituted a major presence in East Asian affairs. Through alliance formation, diplomatic influence, the provision of financial aid, and the establishment of a network of military bases, the U.S. has critically shaped the region's political, economic and security landscape.

This course assesses the impact of U.S. foreign policy in East Asia from the immediate aftermath of WWII, throughout the Cold War, and into the twenty-first century. Through examining a number of pivotal regional events and issues in this period, the course provides an understanding of the nature of U.S. relations with East Asian nation-states, and how it shapes interactions between such states.
Course description Week 1: The Making of Foreign Policy in the United States: Actors, Institutions and Systems
Week 2: The American Occupation of Japan & the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Week 3: The American Occupation of South Korea & the U.S-ROK Alliance
Week 4: The Korean War & the making of the U.S. National-Security State
Week 5: U.S. Influence in Japan-South Korea Normalization
Week 6: The Role of the U.S. in China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Relations
Week 7: U.S. Military Bases in East Asia: Strategic and Social Implications
Week 8: U.S. Nuclear Deterrence: the Case of North Korea
Week 9: Sino-American Rivalry in the context of Rising China
Week 10: The Role of the U.S. in East Asia¿s ¿History Problems¿
Week 11: The Logic and Implications of the U.S. ¿Pivot to Asia¿
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand key issues and debates in U.S.-East Asian relations since the end of the Second World War
  2. Comprehend the cultural, historical and theoretical contexts U.S. interest and influence in East Asia
  3. Formulate research questions and critically assess source material
  4. Have developed a conceptual and methodological tool kit that will assist with completing the MSc dissertations in International Relations and Political Science
Reading List
* Dumbrell, J., 1997, The Making of US Foreign Policy. Manchester: Manchester University Press
* Eldridge, Robert, D., 2014, The Origins of U.S. Policy in the East China Sea Islands Dispute: Okinawa¿s Reversion and the Senkaku Islands. London: Routledge.
* Cha, V., 1999, Alignment Despite Antagonism: The US-Korea-Japan Security Triangle. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
* Iriye, A., 1992 (revised edn.) Across the Pacific: an Inner History of American-East Asian Relations. Chicago: Imprint Publications.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Lauren Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4098
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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