Syllabus – Japan in International Organisations

Important: This course is taught in English.  

Full Attendance is necessary to pass this course and to obtain required credits.


Goals of the course  

The goal of this course is to help students understand the scope and impact of Japan’s foreign policy on a global level as seen through its involvement in the activities of various international organisations.


Overview of the course  

This course will introduce 4 crucial aspects in the analysis of international organisations: (1)Theories, (2) Concepts, (3) Key Issues, (4) Future Challenges. All four aspects will be studied through active learning sessions which will include real-life simulations, intensive team-work, analytic workshops.



Japan, Japanese foreign policy, international organisations


Course Contents

(The actual daily schedules may be different, for details click “Schedules and Assignments”)

  1. Introduction to the course;
  2. Key pillars of Japan’s contemporary foreign policy;
  3. International organisations (IO): historical evolution;
  4. Post-Second World War IOs;
  5. Japan & IOs: definitions, functions and roles;
  6. Role of IOs in Japan’s contemporary foreign policy;
  7. Japan in Political IOs (incl. UN);
  8. Japan in Economic IOs;
  9. Japan in Social and Other IOs;
  10. Japan’s Position: regionalism versus universalism.
  11. Simulation #1: Japan and UNSC;
  12. Simulation #2: Japan and Climate Talks;
  13. Simulation #3: Japan and Humanitarian Crises;
  14. Simulation #4: Japan and World Trade
  15. Final Assignment. Conclusion.


Grading system for assessment  

Active Learning Sessions – 30 %

Team-based activities – 30 %

In-class and home assignments – 20%

Final written assignment – 20%



The course is introductory. Students of all levels are welcome to join. Expect active interaction with your team and beyond. Attendance will be checked.