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Donald C Hellmann
SISEA 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

[NOTE: Grads looking for a description of Policy Issues in E Asia, see SISEA 490 (Hellmann)

Northeast Asian Politics and Foreign Policy In the Twilight of American Hegemony

The global economic crisis will force a change in the basic structure of the global political economy that is comparable in scope and depth to that seen at the end of World War II. The imperative for this change is the redistribution of power seen in the second half of the twentieth century, the comparative decline of (?) power and leadership, and the technology rooted challenges that have redefined the issues critical to global peace and prosperity (e.g. security now encompasses not only military affairs, but global warming, access to energy, global health, etc.) This seminar will focus on how these changes affect East Asia--in particular, how: (1) it conduces to regionalism; (2) how the role of the United States will be altered; and (3) the kind of multilateral institutions that may effectively address integrating East Asia into our increasingly interdependent but still not convergent world.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students should have taken SISEA 551 or have some background in comparative/international politics and familiarity (and formal training) on East Asia.

Class assignments and grading

There will be substantial readings during the first five-six weeks that will form the basis of classroom discussion. Each student will write either: (1) a substantial research paper (20 pp+) on a topic related to the readings and individual interests agreed to by the instructor or (2) two 10-12 page papers on topics mutually agreed on by the instructor. The last weeks of the quarter will involve presentations by the students of their paper(s).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James W Donnen
Date: 03/04/2011