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IR3078   Hot Economics, Cold Politics? International Relations of Northeast Asia

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tuesday 1pm

Hot economics, cold politics' is a phrase used by scholars since the 1990s to describe the relations between states in Northeast Asia. It captures the counter-theory experience of the region that has highly interdependent economies but also thorny politics and security issues. In this module we will explore different approaches to understanding and explaining the relations between these states. The module starts by setting out some theories that we might view as relevant including some traditional and critical IR concepts. Afterwards, we move to look at the history of the region including the Chinese world order, Japanese empire and Cold War, and evaluate how these historical experiences inform current relations. The final part of this course explores some key issues or relationships, including, China-Japan relations, Japan-Korea (North and South), Taiwan, and the barriers to regionalism in Northeast Asia.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 11 weekly lectures and 10 weekly tutorials, with 2 3-hour simulation exercises

Scheduled learning hours: 49

Guided independent study hours: 253

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Assessment consists of 50% coursework and 50% written examination

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: Re-assessment consists of 100% written examination


Module coordinator: Dr C M Jones
Module teaching staff: Dr Catherine Jones