International Relations of East Asia OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Foreign Policy Class on East Asia Relations

Published Jan 30, 2009

RSS Feed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 'International Relations of East Asia,' an OpenCourseWare project which examines the present and past international relations of some of the world's most heavily populated and globally influential countries. This free online course may be beneficial to individuals interested in or currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

International Relations of East Asia: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

International Relations of East Asia: Course Description

Encompassing China, Japan and Korea, East Asia is one of the most influential regions in the world. This course from MIT's Political Science department investigates East Asia's economic and political climate in both a modern and historical context. It also examines how internal conflicts have affected the region's relations on both a global and localized scale. Professor M. Taylor Fravel taught 'International Relations of East Asia' on the MIT campus and provides online students with an extensive reading list for the self-study OpenCourseWare. Through the readings, students review important historical legacies of the region and study the major political events of the Cold War era. The course covers the conflicts that led to competition between East Asian countries as well as the international effects of those conflicts. Students also study the power shifts that occurred in East Asia, post-Cold War, and evaluate opposing explanations for regional events. The course concludes by examining the region's political climate, post-9/11. Graduate Political Science students may also be interested in this advanced undergraduate course.

'International Relations of East Asia' includes a reading list with some online materials, book summary assignments and a book list. To access this free online class, visit the East Asian foreign policy course page.

Featured School Choices: