HIST 555: Problems in Asian History

HIST 555-DL1: Current Issues in East Asia
(Fall 2024)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R


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Section Information for Fall 2024

This course will focus on several interlinked current major issues in East Asia, which due to their contingent nature are difficult to incorporate into regular curricular offerings. The course will examine how US policy towards four key players in the region, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, has evolved during the past 30-some years, and how interactions with the other players is affecting these policies.


US policymakers responsible for these countries and diplomats from these countries will be invited as guest speaker to the class in order to elaborate on a current issue facing their respective bureaus.  Students will then be asked to develop responses to these requests, and present approaches to resolve these issues through their papers and class presentations. 


The course will examine the policy questions against the background of some of the overarching themes. These often don’t drive the debates on the issues of the day but are important in the understanding of the background and the broader perspective.  1) Taiwan’s transition to democracy and its implications for today.  2) Japan’s rise as a responsible stakeholder, and its uneasy historical relations with some of its neighbors.  3) The tension between South Korea’s emergence as a regional power and its quest for unification. 4) China’s rise and its implications for the East Asia region as a whole.  


Office hours: Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:20 pm via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

HIST 555-DL1 is a live online video section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Discussion of readings and historical interpretations and compilation of a comprehensive bibliography on given theme. Notes: Topics announced by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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