POL2019 - East-Asia: International Politics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course focuses on East-Asian politics and society after the Cold War, the growth of techno-economic dynamics in East-Asia, the Asian financial crises of 1997-1998, the growth of regional multilateral institutions, East-Asia under unipolarity and the war on terror, the growth of China and its complex relationship with Japan and the USA and the East-Asian countries' relationship with Europe.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • know the political, economic and social characteristics of the countries in the Eastern-Asia area within recent times 
  • know the relationships between states in Eastern-Asia, especially China and Japan, and more generally, about the relationship between East-Asian states and the USA/Europe 

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • use theory in order to shed light on current issues in the East-Asian politics and society and the relationships between the various countries and/or the USA/Europe 
  • demonstrate independence in the preparation of a semester assignment which fulfills the criteria for scientific writing

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of lectures per week and supervison of project work. Compulsory activity: Approved term paper (3000 words/8 pages).The language of instruction is English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3 hours written exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
POL1008 7.5 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


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