Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
LM2110 (AF:381051 AR:249923)
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ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course is among the Core Educational Activities of the Master’s degree programme in Comparative International Relations, curriculum in Eastern Asia studies. It aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the political relations between Japan and the United States from the post-war era to the present, thus deepening their knowledge of East Asia.
The course will provide students with:
- knowledge of the relations and political dynamics between Japan and the US from Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces to the present time, with an emphasis on the U.S. Occupation and its legacy, the peace and security treaties;
- knowledge of the different interpretations of some key aspects of the relations between Japan and US as the American interlude in Japan, Japan’s postwar democratization, the ‘unequal’ security partnership and frictions in trade relations;
- capacity and autonomy of judgment by classroom discussions;
- good degree of ability in selecting, interpreting and critically analyzing sources to write a research paper as well as to prepare classroom presentation;
Although not compulsory, students are strongly encouraged to deliver their presentation in class in order to improve their communication skills.
The course requires a basis in international history.
From defeat to occupation: USA as Japan’s enemies, occupiers and liberators;
The dominant position of the United States in the occupation of Japan;
Reforms in occupied Japan: changes and continuities;
Democracy from above and democracy from below;
Cold war and reverse course;
From enemies to allies: the Korean War and the peace treaty;
The Security Treaty between the United States and Japan;
Okinawa and the US-Japan relationship;
Post-occupied Japan and protests against the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty;
Okinawa reversion to Japan;
The U.S.-Japan trade war;
The US-Japan relations after the cold war;
U.S.-Japan Relations in the Post-Cold War Era:
From bubble economy to Abenomics;
The Japan-U.S. alliance in the Abe era and beyond .
DOWER J.W., Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, Norton 1999.
TAKEMAE E., Inside GHQ: The Allied Occupation of Japan and its Legacy, Continuum 2002.
R. CAROLI; D. BASOSI (eds), Legacies of the U.S. Occupation of Japan. Appraisals after Sixty Years , Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014.
Yukiko KOSHIRO, Trans-Pacific Racisms and the U.S. Occupation of Japan, Columbia UP 1999.
Carol GLUCK, 'Entangling Illusions?Japanese and American Views of the Occupation?', in W.I. Cohen (ed.), New Frontiers in American-East Asian Relations, Columbia University Press, 1983, pp. 169-236.
SCHALLER M., Altered States: The United States and Japan since the Occupation, Oxford UP 1997.
Glenn HOOK et al. (eds), Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security, Routledge 2005.
Rosa CAROLI, Il mito dell'omogeneità giapponese: storia di Okinawa, Franco Angeli 1999 (capitoli 8-11 e 14).
Packard, George R. “The United States–Japan Security Treaty at 50: Still a Grand Bargain?” Foreign Affairs, vol. 89, no. 2, 2010, pp. 92–103;
HDP. ENVALL, “Japan: From Passive Partner to Active Ally”. in M. Wesley (ed.), Global Allies: Comparing US Alliances in the 21st Century, ANU Press 2017, pp. 15–30
C.W. HUGHES, “Japan’s strategic trajectory and collective self-defense: essential continuity or radical shift?”, Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 43, no. 1, 2017, pp. 93–126.
Sheila A. SMITH, “U.S.-Japan Relations in a Trump Administration”, Asia Policy, no. 23, 2017, pp. 13–20.
Richard L. Armitage, et al. The U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2020: AN EQUAL ALLIANCE WITH A GLOBAL AGENDA. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 2020, pp. 1-18.
David Sacks, Enhancing U.S.-Japan Coordination for a Taiwan Conflict. Council on Foreign Relations, 2022 (http://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep38830 ).
Oral exams. International students and students who do not attend the class regularly may contact the professor during office hours or by email.
Front lectures that will introduce the students to the topics and the texts in the programme; seminars with students' presentations and joint discussions.
The Disabled Students Service with the fundamental support of tutors offers several services throughout university studies, both for prospective and enroled students at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Services aim at facilitating the autonomy of students with disabilities and/or learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia through successful integration in university life. More details in https://www.unive.it/pag/28640/

ESU CUORI provides free individual activities and group workshops aimed at all Ca' Foscari students: psychological counselling, training to improve study effectiveness, reorientation paths and seminars to learn how to manage anxiety. More details in https://www.unive.it/pag/41328/

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Last update of the programme: 25/04/2023