Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2020Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences International Peace and Co-existence Program
Lecture Code WMG01601 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name International Security I
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International Security I
トモツグ シンスケ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  1Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (1T) Weds5-8:IDEC 405
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
【More Details】
・Online (After May 7, the course may be provided in class as well)
・Tool:MS Teams
・Starting Day: April 8 
Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction E : English
Course Level 5 : Graduate Basic
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students  
Keywords Weapons of Mass Destruction, Non-proliferation of nuclear weapon, Terrorism, Non-traditional security 
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Class Status
within Educational
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Class Objectives
/Class Outline
This course is designed to help deepening participants' understanding on the problem of peace and security,
by sheding light on the most destructive aspects of global politics. This course purports to consider  (1) the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMDs) including nuclear weapon, (2) the security issues in East Asia, and (3) new security challenges in the age of globalization from various perspectives. Through lectures and discussions, this course aims to help participants (a) to understand more clearly about the traditional interstate security concerns as well as "non-traditional" security issues such as climate change, natural disaster, cyber warfare and transnational terrorism, and  (b)to develop the skills to express their own opinions persuasively  from the theoretical and historical viewpoints. International Security I, in particular, sheds light on classical international relations theories, causes of war, and nuclear weapon. 
Class Schedule lesson1:Introdocution: what is international security?

lesson2:Humanity and war
● Margaret Mead, Warfare is Only an Invention- Not a Biological Necessity (Reprinted from Asia 40/8) August 1940
● Kenneth Waltz, Man the State and War, 51-52

lesson3:Causes of War 1
●Jack Levy, “The Causes of War and the Conditions of Peace” Annual Review of Political Science, 1998.1:139–65

lesson4:Causes of War 2
●Stephen Van Evera, Offense, Defense, and the Causes of War, International Security Vol22. No.4. (Spring 1988) 5-43

lesson5:Realism 1
● Ty Solomon, “Human Nature and the Limits of the Self: Hans Morgenthau on Love and Power” International Studies Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (June 2012), 201-224 etc.

lesson6:Realism 2
●Kenneth Waltz, The origins of War in Neorealist Theory 49-59 (from Phil Williams et.al, Classic Readings of International Relations, Reprinted from The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 18/4)
● Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics, 60-78, 100-101

lesson7:Constructivism 1
● A. Wendt, “Anarchy is what States Make of it: The Social Construction of Power Politics”, International Organization, 46/2 (Spring,1992), 391-425

lesson8:Constructivism 2
● J. Mearsheimer, "The False Promise of International Institution" International Security, 19/3 (Winter 1994/95) 5-49 etc.

lesson9:Democratic Peace Theory 1
● M. Brown et al. Debating the Democratic Peace

lesson10:Democratic Peace Theory 2
● C. Layne, "Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace", International Security, 19/2 (1994) etc.

lesson11:Nuclear and Non-Nuclear 1
● M.R. Rublee, Nonproliferation Norms: Why States Choose Nuclear Restraint, 53-98

lesson12:Nuclear and Non-Nuclear 2
● J.E.C. Hymans, "Veto Players, Nuclear Energy, and Nonproliferation: Domestic Institutional Barriers to a Japanese Bomb" International Security, 36/2 (Fall 2011), 154–189

lesson13:Stability of International Relations and Nuclear Weapon
● Kenneth Waltz, “The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Better,” Adelphi Papers, Number 171 (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1981)

lesson14:Nuclear Deterrence
● S. Paul Kapur, "India and Pakistan’s Unstable Peace: Why Nuclear South Asia in Not like Cold War Europe", International Security, 30/2 (Fall 2005), 127-152
● W. Wilson, "The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence", Nonproliferation Review 15/3(2008), 421-439


Paper and book review are required.
The reading list above is tentative. Articles and papers are to be announced each session.  
PC or AV used in
Power point slide 
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Preparation and
Required to read assigned papers and articles in advance. 
Grading Method Paper: 40%
Book review:35%
Presentation: 25%
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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