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IRLS331 - Asian Politics

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS331 Course ID: 3863 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines historical, cultural, economic, social and geographic traits that distinguish this region and shape its domestic political processes and interstate relations. This course surveys the governments of selected countries to include China, Japan and Korea. Topics will emphasize the interaction between economic development and political changes, as well as the conflict between traditional norms and modern institutions. This course includes a survey of contemporary multilateral issues important to the region with emphasis on regional security concerns.

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Demonstrate the nature of E. Asian security dilemmas.

CO-2: Apply specific historical developments to the particular manner in which modern Asian states evolved.

CO-3: Differentiate the various cultural and social norms that underlie Asian political discourse.

CO-4: Distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of Asian political and economic institutions.

CO-5: Assess the role of the developmental state in Asian economic development.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Research Paper Question - 10 percent

Research Proposal and preliminary list of sources.

Midterm assignment - 30 percent

Five-page essay. Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Final Research assignment – 35 percent

Seven-page research project. Detailed instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussion 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Midterm Assignment 30.00 %
Week 4 - Midterm Assessment 30.00 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Week 8 - Final Assignment 30.00 %


Site Name

URL address

Global Times (China)

Daily Yomiuri (Japan)

Korea Herald (Korea)

International Crisis Group

Additional Resources and Web Sites are found in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.