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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Master's Course) Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Integrated Arts and Human Sciences Program
Lecture Code WMJ31701 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 英米社会論(国際関係)
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British and American Society (International Relations)
Instructor NISHI KAYO
ニシ カヨ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  First Semester,  Intensive
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (Int) Inte:IAS K205
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture and Discussion 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 6 : Graduate Advanced
Course Area(Area) 24 : Social Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Political Science
Eligible Students
Keywords SDG_10、poverty, environmental issues, neoliberalism, structural violence 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Class Objectives
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Globalization has brought about such serious issues as deepening gaps between the rich and the poor and irreversible environmental destruction.  In terms of Peace Studies, they are representing violence “built into the structure” of modern world.  Throughout the course, students will learn the modern world systems and issues brought about by more recent globalization based on neoliberalism.  Towards the end of the course, they will discuss and make a presentation on sustainable interaction between human and environment. 
Class Schedule 1. History of Modern Society 1〔modern state, industrial revolution〕
2. History of Modern Society 2〔the Second World War,the Four Freedoms, the United Nations〕
3. Peace and Developmentalism 1〔modernization of the Third World〕
4. Peace and Developmentalism 2〔Bretton Woods system〕
5. Development of the South 〔neoliberalism, Washington Consensus, sustainable development〕
6. Structural Violence ---Case 1:Bangladesh---〔Structural Adjustment Program〕、Video【BS世界のドキュメンタリー『シリーズ・グローバル化の影でー労働現場からの告発 バングラデシュー』 (Borgen Production/Heinemann Media, 2008)】
7. Structural Violence ---Case 2:agriculture〔WTO, food shortages〕、Video【BS世界のドキュメンタリー『誰が食糧危機を引き起こすのか~途上国の怒り~』 (Article Z, 2009年)】
8. Structural Violence ---Case 3:Nuclear Development---〔National Security, United Nations Trust Territory of Pacific Islands, Operation Crossroads, Radioactive contamination〕
9. Video【NHKスペシャル『シリーズ原子力(4)地球核汚染・被爆国日本の視点』(1995)】〔Marshall Islands〕
10. Structural Violence ---Case 4:Nuclear Power---〔内部被ばく問題〕
11. Video【ETV特集『原発事故への道程 前編 置き去りにされた慎重論』(2011)】〔History of Nuclear Power Introduction to Japan, myth of nuclear power safety〕
12.Video【ETV特集『アメリカから見た福島原発事故』】〔2011 Accident of Fukushima Dai-ichi Atomic Power Plant〕
13. Group Discussion on neoliberal developmentalism and sustainable relationship between men and environment.
14. Group Presentation
15. Final Report 
Galtung, Johan. “Violence, Peace, and Peace Research,” Journal of Peace Research, Vol.6, No. 3 (Sage Publications, 1969), pp. 167-191.
郭洋春 eds.『環境平和学―サブシステンスの危機にどう立ち向かうか-』(法律文化社, 2005)
PC or AV used in
(More Details) DVD, bring your PC to the class 
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Preparation and
1. Understand modernity of scientific technologies.
2. Learn history of aids to developing countries after the Second World War.
3. Compare and learn the differences between the notion of “peace” in traditional international politics and that in peace studies.
4. Learn the notion of structural violence advocated by Johan Galtung.
5. Understand neoliberalism which constitutes today’s economic paradigm as well as learn the international discussion on sustainable development.
6. Drawing on the case of Bangladesh, learn neoliberal ways of modernization and analyze their negative impacts on the developing countries. Watch a TV program on Bangladesh.
7. Consider how neoliberal trade policies of WTO have caused food shortage issues in developing countries.
8. Consider the modernity of nuclear technology.
9. Watch a TV program on the Operation Crossroads carried out by the United States government in 1946 and consider structural violence in developing nuclear weapons.
10. Consider the modernity of nuclear power technology.
11. Learn the historical process of constructing the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant and looks into the ways in which “safety myth” of nuclear power technology was left behind among politicians and engineers in Japan.
12. Watch a TV program which documents that despite some of the American engineers in charge of the construction of the Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the mid-1960s have questioned the power plant’s “safety,” their argument was ignored.
13. Drawing on the cases taken up so far, students discuss problems of neoliberal way of development and how men should interact with environment.
14. Make presentations.
15. Submit the final report.
Requirements Read the materials attached to the syllabus 
Grading Method Class Participation 10%, Group Discussion 30%, Final Report 60% 
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it Having been an aid officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and United Nations Development Program, the lecturer would discuss sustainability issues in modern society. 
Message Bring your PC 
Other [Intensive Lecture Schedule]
Wednesday, August 28, 1-10 p.m. (8:45-17:50)
Thursday, August 29, 1-10 p.m. (8:45-17:50)
Friday, August 30, 1-10 p.m. (8:45 a.m.-5:50 p.m.) 
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Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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