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Yong-Chool Ha
POL S 403
Seattle Campus

Advanced Seminar in International Relations

Examination of contemporary developments in the field of international relations. Content varies according to the nature of developments and research interests of the instructor.

Class description

For over a decade an avalanche of books and articles have inconclusively considered the possibilities for regional cooperation in East and Northeast Asia. This course is designed to collect, introduce and critically review various ideas for regional cooperation and integration in East and Northeast Asia and to suggest fresh ways for understanding the nature of issues related to community building in the region. The premise of the course is that the complexities involved in community building in the region can be properly understood only by both synthesizing and going beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries and existing analytical models in order to fashion an approach that does not simply apply theories derived from Western experiences to contemporary Asia.

Student learning goals

1) a critical review of the past ideas on regional integration and community building in Europe and East Asia

2) the identification of distinctive regional features which have not received appropriate attention and the exploration of possibilities for different conceptualization

3) to understand distinctive international orientations at cognitive and psychological levels, especially those that developed from colonialism and late industrialization in the countries of the region

5) to explore the international implications of the social and political developmental patterns in the region

4) to examine new practical ideas for community building.

4) to examine new practical ideas for community building.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

general knowledge of history and politics of Asia and East Asia.

Class assignments and grading

weekly reading of materials assigned preparation for discussion in class writing a research desing for final

1) attendance (15%) 2) class participation(15%) 3) two hypotheses(30%) 4) one research design(40%)


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 Yong-Chool Ha
Date: 11/09/2012