Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions for 2020/2021 Academic Year – GSIR –

ADC 5001: Mathematics for Economics and Management

This, intermediate, course in calculus covers topics such as functions, limits, derivatives, integration, and optimization. The course is crucial to understand various subjects in social science such as business, economics, public management and/or political science.

ADC 5002: Research Methodology

This course aims to introduce the basic concepts and practical skills for using the four types of research methodology: (i) qualitative interview, (ii) survey, (iii) experiment, and (iv) case study. These methodological knowledge and skills enable students to design, implement, and evaluate their projects or policies based on the results of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Given the growing trends of evidence-based practice, this course will be useful for public, non-profit, and private workers.

ADC 5004: Survey Data and Factor Analysis

This course introduces the basics of questionnaire survey, survey data manipulation, and factor analysis. Main issues include questionnaire design, survey administration, and data cleaning. Then this course illustrates how to conduct exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and how to interpret and present analysis results professionally.

ADC 5006: Introduction to Policy Analysis

Policy analysis is “an applied social science discipline which uses multiple methods of inquiry and argument to produce and transform policy-relevant information that may be utilized in political settings to resolve policy problems” (Dunn, 1981: ix). Public managers should be able to analyze various public issues logically and systematically by identifying and analyzing policy problems correctly; formulating policy problems properly; and interpreting results professionally. This course introduces basic concepts and natures of policy analysis.

ADC 5008: Introduction to Policy Modeling

This course introduces mathematical and statistical methods to analyze policy problems. The focus is given to “modeling” or a scientific way of thinking rather than specific models. This course illustrates how to formulate and solve policy problems by employing linear programming and queueing model. Then interpretation and presentation of analysis results are discussed.

ADC 5012: Public Human Resource Management

This course is designed for Master’s level students to be prepared as effective public managers to deal with human resource matters. It encompasses the personnel functions of recruitment, selection, training and development, motivation and compensation, performance appraisal, affirmative action, administrative ethics and corruption. The emphasis of this class is on improving understanding of the historical context and current conditions of public human resource management and developing skills necessary to be effective public managers. From this course, students will learn various theories of public human resource management as well as how to apply theories to practices through case studies.

ADC 5017: Capital Budgeting and Debt Management

This course aims to introduce the basic concepts and theories of capital budgeting and finance: capital budget systems, criteria of capital assets, cost-benefit analysis, public-private partnerships, pay-as-you-go capital financing, debt financing, and debt management.

ADC 5018: Collaborative and Participatory Governance

Since the 1970s, a quiet revolution has been occurring in public management and policy—one that seeks to enhance democratic participation, reduce conflict and strengthen organizational effectiveness through collaboration. The emergent transformation has implications for how we seek to address public issues that are characterized by great complexity, dynamism and uncertainty. These types of problems are elusive to traditional models of governance and decision making because they defy precise definition, cut across policy and service areas, and resist solutions offered by the single-agency or ‘silo’ approach. The focus of the class is on understanding collaboration across disciplines, jurisdictions, and administrative and organizational boundaries.

ADC 5019: Policy Evaluation

This course provides an introduction to the field of policy evaluation. The course reviews a series of models that are widely used to evaluate the impact of policies. The course also covers a number of policy-relevant journal articles so that students will learn how to use such models in practice.

ADC 5021: Case Study Method

The course introduces the students to approaches to conducting the case study method. The primary focus is on designing and conducting robust Case studies that meet standards for policy research and publication. The course will also cover commonly used qualitative methods in public policy and provide an on-hand experience of qualitative data analysis and writing up qualitative research.

ADC 5030: Introduction to Electronic Government

This introduction to electronic government (e-government) discusses fundamental concepts and technological building blocks of information systems in the public sectors. It explains hardware, software, and telecommunication (network) of information systems and then introduces World Wide Web standards including Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

ADC 5032: Information Policy and Management

This course discusses political, social, economic, and legal issues (e.g., information ownership, digital inequality, universal service, privacy and censorship, social networking media, and civic engagement) of using information, and information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the public sector.

ADC 5050: International Economic Systems and Order

The course is designed to study the international economic systems, including international trade, international capital transfer and international monetary system, and to discuss the international economic order for sustaining world economic systems, from both historical and theoretical analysis points of view. After World War II, the international economic systems started with the IMF-GATT regime. However, many problems have appeared in the systems through the process of world economic development, which resulted in the changes of the international economic order. Therefore, the course will also discuss the appropriate economic order.

ADC 5060: Foreign Policy Analysis

This course is one of the sub-fields in International Relations (IR) that embraces various academic disciplines ranging from comparative politics, economics, sociology, public policy, psychology, history and so on. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field this course deals with the issues in foreign policy making from a broad comparative perspective. It studies the ways states formulate their foreign policies and how these policies are implemented. The course also examines external and internal factors that shape states’ foreign policies, how states interact and why foreign policy choices and strategies may differ between states. It analyzes not only the political system but also cultural and historical factors that influence the foreign policy decision-making.

ADC 5075: Diplomacy and Statecraft

It is a common knowledge is that foreign policy is the substance – principles, objectives, goals, and strategies – of foreign relations whereas diplomacy is the method to implement it. Diplomacy and statecrafts are both sides of the same coin; in fact some considers them to be the same. The course explores the historical evolution of diplomacy, reviewing its origins and practices from the earliest to modern time. It also looks at how diplomatic practitioners have adjusted to new realities in the ever globalized world – social media, citizen journalism, growing transnational activity and so on – and analyzes the evolving functions and institutions of modern day diplomacy and statecraft. In addition, it also deals with geopolitical theories and economic statecraft. The course is designed to illustrate the art of diplomacy and statecraft in action and how they have changed and shaped the international politics.

ADC 5090: International Organization

This course explores theoretical and practical perspectives on the formation, processes, functions, and effects of international organizations in contemporary world politics. Questions include how ideas about cooperation among sovereign states and non-state actors in the anarchical international system have emerged, been put into practice, and influenced state behavior.
The course starts with the introduction of historical evolution of state cooperation to understand the growth and diversification of the functions of international organizations. The class also examines the policy making and implementation of international organizations in the main issues of international security, human rights, refugees, UN peacekeeping, and economic cooperation.

ADC 5105: Financial System and Financial Regulation

The course aims to allow students to understand the function of financial markets, and why it is necessary to regulate financial markets, products, services and institutions in order that the system can function effectively. It will also demonstrate the limits to financial regulation and review the evolution of financial regulation. The aim is not to describe the existing regulation in detail, but to provide students with the principles underlying the substantive regulation, so that they could better understand and, for those who will become regulators or supervisors, to draft and implement financial regulations.

ADC 5110: Monetary Policy in Developing Countries

Modern monetary theory proponents a transparent, time-consistent policy rule to stabilize the inflation fluctuations and mitigate the inefficiency. However, such a policy rule is still not common for the developing economies. In the first part of the course, we introduce those policy instruments commonly used in the developing economies (ex: capital controls, managed exchange rates). We evaluate the performance of these policies on stabilizing the output and on preventing foreign shocks. Next, we explore the difficulties of introducing modern policy rules, and evaluate the potential benefits could be achieved by implementing modern policy rules.

ADC 5115: Global Market Seminar

This course provides an introduction to various concepts of global markets, focusing on the roles of Japanese financial institutions. The three-day workshop in Tokyo offers a series of the lectures about current issues in Japanese economy and international financial markets. All lecturers are distinguished practitioners from Mizuho Financial Group, a leading financial institution in Japan, and they share their real experiences in financial institutions with students.

ADC 5300: International Political Economy

As we live in a globalising and increasingly interdependent world, understanding of the roles and behaviour of markets, states and institutions, and civil society is vitally important. IPE provides a solid foundation for those who are attempting to comprehend the above mentioned roles and behaviour, and key regional and global issues that will affect everyday life of individuals. The IPE is an interdisciplinary academic field within international relations which draws inputs from international politics, international economics, cultural studies, and history. The course provide comparative perspectives from China, Japan, German and the United States.

ADC 5305: International Politics

This course seeks to help students understand how states behave, why and under what conditions states compete or cooperate, and how international institutions and norms influence and are influenced by state behavior. The course introduces the major theoretical perspectives for international relations. Students are expected to understand and evaluate competing theories and approaches and to apply different perspectives to substantive issues in contemporary international relations.
The class will examine contemporary affairs through the analytical “lenses” of these different perspectives. Main topics discussed in class will be the rise of China, the future of the American liberal order, terrorism, and environment.

ADC 5320: History of International Relations

This course provides a survey of history of international relations. Its objectives are to familiarize students with the basic outline of the history of international relations, and to give students an understanding of the background of the major international political issues today. A solid foundation of the history of international relations is essential for anybody who is interested in working for the global community. This course is to explore the historical developments of international relations, covering major events including the origin of international system with the Treaty of Westphalia, imperialism, World War I & II, the Cold War System, and the Post-Cold War era.

ADC 5375: Comparative Government and Politics

This course focuses on understanding how politics works across countries. After the course, having acquired basic terminology of comparative politics and analyzed empirical case studies of major institutional arrangements (types of political regimes, electoral systems, party systems, etc.) or important political processes (state failure, democratization, stability of authoritarian regimes, etc.) in selected countries, the students are able to independently analyze political events worldwide and consider most-suited institutional arrangements for different countries. The course is wrapped up by group presentations on a particular country-case study (e.g. designing the best electoral system, explaining the logics of the most recent political developments, etc.).

ADC 5376: Local Government and Public Service

Local government provides a wide range of services today. We discuss topics such as decentralization, democratic accountability, size of local governments, and impact of broader structural changes. We also examine local government in Japan in order to relate theories and findings in the academic literature with local governments in the real world context.

ADC 5378: Political Institutions and Governance

This course takes a political approach to public administration with emphasis on political institutions. The government is not necessarily a unified, rational actor; rather, various groups in the society compete with each other to gain influence over government decisions. Therefore, understanding politics is important for understanding how the government is run and what decisions are made. We focus on political institutions – organizations, formal rules, and norms – because they constrain choices and behaviors of actors in and surrounding the government (e.g. bureaucrats, elected officials, political parties, interest groups). Given these goals, we will study theories and concepts of political institutions and critically review empirical studies on relevant topics.

ADC 5400: Analysis of Development Policies and Programs

ADC 5405: Comparative Study of Development Experiences

ADC 5422: Environment, Sustainable Development, and Human Security

A variety of evidence indicates that the demand for natural resources to support human activities has exceeded the ecological capacity of the earth and that the global ecosystems might be losing their stability, with unpredictable grave consequences for the security and well-being of future generations. This course examines the structure and performance of various global programs for Sustainable Development which aim at satisfying two conflicting demands at the same time: to restore the stability of the global ecosystems and to accommodate the demand for high economic growth of low income countries to reduce poverty and armed conflict.

ADC 5425: Refugees, Migrants, and Human Security

International migration is mixed flows of heterogeneous migrants, who are driven by different political, social and economic conditions and governed by different laws and regulations. The largest group is the regular migrants, who may benefit host countries, origin countries and migrants themselves. Then, there are smaller groups that consist of irregular (illegal) migrants, trafficked persons (modern day slaves), and refugees, who are exposed to the risk of exploitation and violence before, during and after migration. This course focuses on the states of the latter smaller groups and examines alternative policies and institutions that aim at protecting their human security.

ADC 5430: Security and Strategy: National and International

Security and/or Strategic Studies is an important sub-field in International Relations (IR). It cannot be denied that the threat or use of force continues to play a significant role in world politics and that the management of the instruments of violence is one of the greatest issues of our time. The events of recent years clearly demonstrate that war will be a feature of international relations for the foreseeable future and that force remains an instrument of statecraft. The objective of the course is to analyze the determinants and management of national security sector, regional and international security architecture, the concepts and principles of strategy, and the approaches to strategy that have strongly influenced, and continue to influence governments and statesmen throughout the world.

ADC 5462: Human Rights and Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, and Equality

This course introduces students to an understanding of human rights by discussing problems involved in the very idea of the current human rights. We look at these problems from the perspectives of: the very definition of human in human rights; universalism-versus-relativism; modernity and colonialism; Asian values (or community-versus-individualism); feminism; and science and technology.

ADC 5472: Global Civil Society: Citizenship and Democracy

This course introduces students to the contested idea of global civil society (GCS) and examines related issues. Among topics to be discussed are: GCS and NGOs, nationalism, migration, gender, democracy, and citizenship, and threats posed by science and technology to the very foundation of civil society.

ADC 5480: Essentials of Economics

Essentials of Economics will provide you with a new way to think about how people make decisions, how people interact each other, and how the economy as a whole works. The course will prepare you to monitor, critically evaluate and analyze socio-economic and political trends in your country and the rest of the world so you can better position in your organization and business. This course examines essential concepts and tools of economics that can be utilized to analyze private choice, public policy, and real-world issues and controversies.

ADC 6015: Cross-cultural Communication

This course covers conceptual and practical dimensions of cross-cultural communication in social interactions and organizational settings in multicultural environments. Students learn about key concepts, frameworks, and contexts of cross-cultural communication; analyze conflicts in cross-cultural situations; and discuss barriers to effective cross-cultural communication and ways to overcome them. Students more deeply understand their own cultural norms, values and beliefs compared to those of the others. They develop appreciation for cultural diversity. This course helps students gain rich cross-cultural experiences at IUJ, as well as, prepare them for leadership careers in multicultural environments. The course combines interactive lectures, group discussions, and presentations.

ADC 6450: International Law

This course introduces students to the legal order and rules that govern the international society. The course provides an introduction to international law referring to precedents by both international and domestic courts.

ADC 6515: Cross-sectional and Panel Data Analysis

This course provides students with advanced econometric tools for analyzing cross-sectional and panel data. The course mainly builds upon the microeconometric methods including the linear and non-linear regressions, panel data analysis and the limited dependent variable models. The focus is on the intuition and applications of the models in order to prepare students for their own empirical research. Students will learn how to estimate various econometric models using Stata and how to interpret results from different estimation procedures.

ADC 6526: Time Series Analysis

This course is designed to provide students standard time series analysis tools for any empirical studies with the time dimension. The course will start with an overview of basic notions of time series analysis, and continues with univariate time series models. Then, this course steps into the territory of non-stationary time series and unit root tests. Moreover, to examine the potential relation between several economic variables over time, we will also discuss the vector autoregressive (VAR) models. The differences between reduce-form and structural VAR models and their implementation will be explained thoroughly. In dealing with the analysis of relations among non-stationary variables, this course also introduces the co-integration analysis and error correction models. Upon completion of the course, students will have obtained the basic knowledge for conducting empirical research for time series data.

ADC 6548: Evolving Development Paradigms and Changing Operational Strategies of Development Organizations

This course reviews the evolution of major development paradigms after the WWII: starting from Financing gap (1st generation), Structural adjustments/Washington consensus (2nd generation), and the currently dominant 3rd generation paradigm which emphasizes “diagnostics” and “evaluation”. The course also examines how development organizations’ operational strategies have evolved with the changing development paradigms.

ADC 6552: Agricultural Economics and Resource Revenue Management

ADC 6567: Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting

This course is designed to provide practical illustration of techniques used in applied economic modelling and forecasting based on econometric models of multivariate time-series. These models consolidate empirical and theoretical knowledge of how economies function and provide a framework for a progressive research and policy analysis. The course is highly recommended for students who intend to do mixed research using quantitative analysis in their thesis writing.

ADC 6647: Interactions, Institutions, and Economic Development

Many of our decisions and behaviors are strategic in nature. Therefore, policies that ignore strategic interactions and the institutions structuring them are bound to fail. This course takes up several important issues in developing countries such as development traps, resource conservation, informal insurance networks, and technology adoption, to name a few, and aims to understand how institutions and social norms of a society affect patterns of people’s behavior. In addition, we examine policy implications derived from our analysis.

ADC 6656: Environmental and Health Economics

This course provides students with a broad understanding of environmental and health economics. The key economic models and concepts in the field of environmental and health economics, including market failure, externality, public goods, asymmetric information, moral hazard, and adverse selection, will be covered. Students will learn how to apply those economic concepts and techniques to analyze the current environmental and health/healthcare issues, such as determinants of health, healthcare financing, environmental regulations and pollution, and evaluate the impacts of various environmental and health policies.

ADC 6657: Environmental Policy & Disaster Management

This class is designed to expose students to major debates over environmental policy process and disaster management in the developing as well as developed countries with a focus on the way that different political, economic, institutional, social, and cultural factors play out to shape environmental policy/politics and disaster management. For this purpose, the class applies theories of the public policy process into environmental policy/politics and disaster management. Specifically, the class addresses key policy issues conspicuous in each of the stages of the environmental policy process and disaster management, covering problem definition, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation, and evaluation/learning.

ADC 6663: Labor Economics

This course provides an introduction to the field of labor economics. We will cover a number of journal articles with a variety of labor issues, ranging from labor market and unemployment to education and earning. We will also review a wide variety of econometric methods used in those papers.

ADC 6755: Industrial Organization and Policy Analysis

This is a course on industrial organization, especially focuses on horizontal merger, vertical related market, and relationship between product market competition and human resource management. We start from the topics in theoretical industrial organization and then discuss policy implications of the theoretical analyses. Several empirical studies will also be discussed. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic calculus and statistics. Our goals are to familiarize you with some of the main questions in the selected topics in the industrial organization literature so that you can apply it in your own analyses and research.

ADC 6765: Cost Benefit Analysis

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a formal and rigorous way of thinking about the measurement of costs and benefits when doing policy evaluation and social decision making. The course covers the key concepts and tools that are essential for policy evaluation by applying cost-benefit techniques, including under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Emphasis will be placed on daily experience of economic-related discourse, and applications in the context of developing countries. Students are expected to conduct their own cost-benefit analysis for their policy of interest and be able to determine whether a particular cost-benefit analysis is well or poorly done.

ADC 6929: Contemporary International Security Issues: National and Human

The course discusses key aspects of international security strategies and policies. The objective of this course is to let students achieve basic understanding on major issues, theories, terminologies that are relevant to discussions on current national and international security strategies and policies.  The course is recommended for students who want to have a foundation for further studies on for strategies and policies on international and national security affairs as well as defense-related issues. Class methods include lectures, students’ presentations, in-class discussions, table-top exercises as well as a field trip to historical cites relevant to the course.

ADC 6990: Global Issues: UNU Global Seminar

This seminar course examines selected issues in international relations by participating in the UNU Global Seminar (Shonan Session) sponsored by the United Nations University and organized by other cooperating universities including IUJ. Each year, we invite UN officials, specialists and scholars, and have intensive discussions with them and other participants in both English and Japanese.

ADC 7010: Inequality and Poverty: Measurement and Applications

Students will learn the following topics: meaning of inequality (income homogeneity, population homogeneity, and transfer principle), Lorenz-consistent inequality measures and decomposable inequality measures, Gini coefficient and its decomposition by factor components, generalized entropy class of measures (e.g., Theil indices) and their decomposition by population sub-groups, and measures of poverty (e.g., Foster-Greer-Thorbecke (FGT) index) and measures of pro-poor growth. Some STATA commands are introduced in computer workshops to conduct inequality and poverty analyses with actual household survey data.

DCC 5220: Statistical Methods

This course is an introduction to probability and statistics. The course covers descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. The goal of the course is to equip students with these statistical tools, which will form a basis for understanding econometric models in the subsequent courses.

DCC 5238: Microeconomics I: Price Theory

These courses provide students with the basic concepts and analytical framework of price theory. We will first analyze how consumers and firms make decisions when markets are competitive, and how those decisions are aggregated to form market demand and supply. We will next consider imperfectly competitive markets and study how firm behavior changes as degrees of competitiveness change. Some practical applications of the theory are also discussed.

DCC 5242: Microeconomics II: Strategic Behavior and Information Analysis

The first part of the course reviews the consumer and producer theory and deals with the general equilibrium and welfare theorem. The decision making under uncertainty shall also be discussed. The second part of the course deals with game theory and strategic behavior. Fundamental topics covered include static games, dynamic games, and their applications. We also provide an introduction to problems raised by asymmetric information, externality and public goods. There is substantial emphasis on the use of analytical and mathematical tools. These tools and the subject material underpin much of the current research in microeconomics.

DCC 5245: Macroeconomics I: Income Theory

For government officials of modern societies, knowledge of Macroeconomics is indispensable for providing any constructive policy recommendations, which in a large extent affect people’s welfare. Even for an ordinary citizen, knowledge of Macroeconomics also plays an important role in understanding complicated (and sometimes confusing) economic phenomena in his/her daily life. Due to this importance, this course is designed to provide students a solid foundation in Macroeconomics. Broadly speaking, the topics to be covered consist of (i) a brief introduction of national income, (ii) the meaning of inflation and its relation to the monetary system, (iii) the models of exchange rates, (iv) the determination of unemployment, and (v) basic economic growth theories.

DCC 5252: Macroeconomics II: Business Cycle and Growth Theory

This course provides students with the preliminary knowledge and analytical skills in researching topics of the macroeconomics. The focus in this course is twofold: what causes the fluctuations in output and unemployment, and what can we do about it? The discussion starts with the concept of equilibrium of the goods and money markets. We then explore the effects of different types of shocks (ex: the rise of oil prices; the slump of stock markets) on the equilibrium, and how fiscal policy and monetary policy stabilize the influences. In the last part of this course, we study how the exchange rate policy might influence the economic fluctuations.

DCC 5255: Macroeconomics and Policy Analysis

This course is designed for the master students who are interested in advanced Macroeconomic studies and policy analysis. We introduce a set of building blocks for modern Macroeconomics, containing (i) the sequential and recursive competitive equilibrium, (ii) the method of optimal control, and (iii) dynamics programming. These building blocks are discussed in the frameworks of stochastic growth models. Using the proposed frameworks, we then discuss different aspects fostering economic growth and development such as R&D policy, education policy, and trade policy. We also investigate the unemployment issues through the lens of the search-and-matching models.

DCC 5261: Econometrics

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of econometrics and the concept of causal inference. The emphasis will be placed on understand empirical economic research methods and how those methods can be applied on empirical studies. Topics covered in the course include simple and multiple regression analysis, statistical inference, OLS asymptotics, and specification problems. Students will also learn how to use Stata to generate statistics and perform basic data analysis.

DCC 5263: Applied Econometrics

This course provides an introduction to econometrics. As an applied course, the emphasis will be placed on understanding the basic econometric methods, learning the application of econometrics to real-world data, and how to applied the econometric methods to conduct causal inference. Topics covered in the course include simple and multiple regression analysis, statistical inference, and model building in practice. Students will also learn how to use Stata to generate statistics and perform basic data analysis.

DCC 5265: Development Policy and Globalization

This course will explore several important issues connected with economic growth and development. It will focus on three main areas: 1) The connection between trade and growth. 2) The interaction between growth and inequality. 3) The fundamental changes to economies (structural change) induced by economic growth.

DCC 5270: Development Economics

This course covers issues in developing countries such as institutions, international trade, cash transfer programs, education, microfinance, and corruption and studies how these factors influence poverty and/or economic growth. We will also take a close look at some major poverty alleviation policies and analyze why those proved effective/ineffective in reducing poverty.

DCC 5280: Public Finance

This course analyzes the role of government in the economy and the impact of public policy on resource allocation and income distribution. We will first consider the conditions under which free markets do not achieve efficiency and thus there is room for government intervention. The course then studies how the government could/should intervene and what the effects of those interventions are. Topics covered will include: public goods, education, social security, unemployment insurance, health care reform, and (optimal) taxation. The course explores theory but puts more emphasis on its applications and empirical evidence.

DCC 5281: Monetary Economics and Policy Analysis

This course provides students with the necessary knowledge and quantitative analysis skills of the modern monetary policy. We explain how the nominal rigidities and market frictions may lead the inefficiency to occur, and how monetary authority could mitigate such inefficiencies.
The analysis is based upon the dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) framework. We use the calibration approach to evaluate the effects of different types of monetary policy.

DCC 5284: International Finance

The course aims to provide students with basic knowledge and understanding of international finance, so as to allow students to understand current developments and policy issues related to international finance including exchange rates, balance of payments, international monetary system, and external debt and crises. The course should allow students to grasp key concepts and understand the institutional and theoretical framework in international finance, that will help them to digest and appraise critically the information and opinion published in financial media such as the Financial Times, as well as documents from the IMF, BIS and other international institutions.

DCC 5285: International Trade

We will investigate why nations trade, what they trade, and who gains (or not) from trade. We will then analyze the motives for countries or organizations to restrict or regulate international trade and study the effects of such policies on economic welfare.

DCC 5335: Managing Public Organizations

As public problems become “wicked,” public managers are asked to actively resolve such problems through various management strategies. In order for Master’s students to be prepared as effective public managers, this course is designed with the emphasis on two objectives: understanding of key concepts in public management theories and application of theories to real-world problems. This course encompasses organizational goals and effectiveness, decision-making, organizational structure, and technology, values and motives, work motivation, leadership, teamwork, network & cooperation, and organizational change and development.

DCC 5342: Public Policy Process

This course is designed to acquaint you with the theoretical and practical dimensions of developing and managing effective public policy which includes your role as a policy analyst and as a proactive participant in the broader policy process working for a program or an agency. The overall focus of the class is on understanding the policy process, how to facilitate dialogue in the policy process with citizens and elected officials, how to frame issues and conduct policy analysis, and manage the policy process from agenda setting through implementation.

DCC 5360: Public Administration

This course aims to introduce graduate students to the political and legal foundations of public administration as well as the historical evolution of the field. After the completion of this course, students will be able to: (1) Describe distinctive features of public administration; (2) Identify and analyze key stakeholders and challenges in public administration; and (3) Be familiar with the historical development and legal foundations of public administration.

DCC 5370: Public Finance and Budgeting

This course aims to introduce the basic theories and concepts of public budgeting including incrementalism, participatory budgeting, fiscal decentralization, and capital budgeting. The course is relevant to most social science fields since not only governments but also non-profits and private companies have used public funds to implement public services and policies through contracting-out and public-private partnerships. Understanding the history, process, function, and politics in public budgeting is essential to analyze or design effective public and business administration.

JDP 5011: Postwar Japanese Politics

This course is designed to give students a general introduction to the political system of Japan which impacted its pattern of economic development. The primary focus will be the interaction between Japanese political and economic institutions, and public policy. It first looks at how postwar political institutions (e.g., the structure of the bureaucracy; the long-dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party) shaped Japanese politics and public policy to promote economic growth. Second, it examines how the old system became out of date as Japan has become a world economic power; and finally explores how the system will change through policy reforms (such as deregulation).

JDP 5021: Japanese National Security Policy

The objective of the course is to let students have comprehensive understanding on fundamental elements of Japan’s post-WWII national security policy as well as its origins and background in the context of their impacts on Japan’s development mainly after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The course provides students with a foundation for future studies on Japan’s foreign policy in a broader sense, a basic knowledge related to Japan’s foreign and security policies and strategies. Class methods include lectures, students’ presentations, in-class discussions as well as a field trip to Self-Defense Forces’ facilities.

JDP 5031: International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan

The course seeks to understand post-war Japanese foreign policy and its impact on development from diverse perspectives: international structures and systems, domestic politics, and individual leaders. The perspective of domestic politics encompasses both institutional mechanisms of bureaucracy and ideologies, such as nationalism and revisionism.
The course proceeds chronologically and thematically. The course’s main thematic focuses are Japan’s bilateral economic and security relationships with the United States and with her neighboring countries, particularly South Korea, North Korea, China, and Russia. The class will also discuss Japan’s multilateral diplomacy in security, trade, and environment.

JDP 5041: Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy

For over sixty years since 1954, and using Official Development Assistance (ODA) as its main vehicle, Japan has been pursuing development agendas based on a distinctive aid philosophy through various aid instruments. The characteristics of Japan’s ODA is a reflection of the country’s history of development as the first modern country outside the West, while maintaining its culture and traditions. From this perspective, this course will shed light on the experience of Japan’s own development and its ODA. No previous knowledge is required. This is a course offered in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

JDP 5051: Japanese International Development Cooperation

This class will have a close look at Japan’s international development cooperation (hereinafter “IDC”), an important foreign policy tool for the country over the last sixty-plus years.
There are several aspects of Japan’s IDC that make it worth looking at, the most important of which is that embedded therein are Japan’s own development experiences accumulated in its transition from an underdeveloped country in the 19th century to a developed country.

JDP 5101: Japanese Public Finance and Administration

The course analyzes the system of Japanese public finance and administration. Japan has employed a centralized system introducing Western countries’ various social mechanisms since Meiji Restoration and succeeded in catching up with Western countries. After World War II, the Japanese government introduced Keynesian policy to strengthen social infrastructures that attained a socio- economic development between urban and rural districts. In the course, the role of central and local government is examined to elucidate the public money flows through taxation system, local allocation tax system and so on.

JDP 5112: Postwar Japanese Economy

JDP 5121: International Political Economy and Japan’s Development Path

This course focuses on Japan’s transformation in the international political economy. It introduces the theory of international political economy to present a basic framework to analyze Japan’s position and its economic development in the international system, explains how Japanese political economy was designed in order to fit into different international environments in the pre-modern era, the Meiji and prewar era, and the postwar era, and explores more recent development to adjust Japanese political economy in the post-Cold War era, including post bubble adjustments and the changing international political economy with the rise of China.

JDP 5201: Modern Japan in the World

This course examines Japan’s interactions with the world from the 19th century — when Japan opened up to international exchanges after a period of relative isolation — to the end of World War II. The questions to be addressed in class are: how has modern Japan interacted with the world? What are the forces that have shaped Japan’s attitude in its international relations? How have Japan’s perception of the world and the world’s perceptions of Japan changed? These themes will be discussed while exploring both the major domestic transformations and the external influence behind Japan’s international approach.

JDP 5211: Japan’s Education System

This course provides an introduction to the field of economics of education with a specific focus on Japanese policies. Education is an important factor for growth both at the individual level and the country level particularly for developing countries. The course covers a number of journal articles with a wide variety of topics ranging from human capital development to economic development to discuss and quantify the impact of educational policies.

JDP 5300: Japanese Economic Development and Growing Asia

REC 5628: Social Issues in Contemporary Japan: Modern and Postmodern

This course introduces students to some of the social and cultural issues in contemporary Japan. Among issues to be discussed are: yakuza, or organized crime syndicates in Japan; social problems such as extremely high rate of suicide, so-called social “withdrawals,” and ageing population issues; postmodernity and its implications; and minorities in Japan and discrimination against them.

REC 5632: Japanese Government and Politics

This course seeks to enhance students’ understanding of politics and government in Japan. We focus on the following three topics – executive-legislative relations, electoral rules, and intergovernmental relations. For each topic, we first review major theoretical and empirical studies in Comparative Politics and other relevant fields, such that we can situate Japan in a comparative context. We then examine institutions and salient contemporary issues in Japan related to the topic.

REC 5758: Chinese Foreign Policy

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the process of Chinese foreign policy making and the actual policies. The course is dedicated to understanding the logics behind Chinese foreign policy. It explores the country’s relations with different countries and regions, also its policies towards international organizations (UN). Each class introduces a selected principle/factor in Chinese foreign policy making or a relevant theoretical concept. The course introduces the key developments and problems in China’s contemporary foreign relations, while case study analysis in the class encourages the students to apply their knowledge in practice.

REC 6310: American Foreign Policy

This class seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of American foreign relations. It first introduces the key concepts and principles, such as balance of power, realism vs. idealism, isolationism, moralism, pragmatism and unilateralism. Then, it explores the basic history of American diplomacy from the independence war to WWII, and the Cold-War period. Then, it turns the decision making process of the current US foreign policy by looking at different political actors, such as presidency, bureaucracy, Congress, interest groups, media and public opinion. Then, it explains the basics of national security policies and economic and trade policies.

REC 6427: International Relations in the Middle East

1. To grasp the complex situation of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in its entirety. Issues in MENA, while furthering confusion in the region and being affected by outside intervention, cause serious effects on the international relations and considerable impacts on the whole world, such as Middle East conflict, “oil shock”, Iranian revolution, Soviets’ invasion to Afghanistan, global terrorism, refugee issues, etc.. The international relations in MENA is looked into, not so journalistically, nor so academically, but by putting it in the global and historical context.
Interaction between lecturer and students with divergent background will enrich deliberation on the subjects.

REC 6452: International Relations in Eurasia

In this course, we mainly focus on Russian foreign policy and Russia’s interactions in the post-soviet sphere, whenever relevant, we include other countries in the continent of Eurasia, specifically, China, and also European Union (EU) and NATO. While our major interest is contemporary international relations in the area, we cover the period since the collapse of the Soviet Union or the end of the Cold War.