GSIR Graduate School of International Relations
IRP educates young people to be outstanding practitioners and scholars who cope with challenges to international peace and security and diverse global issues
In the International Relations Program (IRP), students begins with the study of basic concepts and theories of international relations, diplomacy, security, and peace. Then they can focus on specialized thematic and regional issues to analyze and understand dynamic and complex contemporary international affairs. In particular, they study the most current global challenges like nuclear crises, civil wars, terrorism, human security, poverty, refugees, environmental problems, and sustainable development. Students can also focus on regional studies of the Asia Pacific region, Japan, China, South Asia, the Middle East, and Eurasia. With a significant amount of critical reading and analytical skills training, students are expected to sharply analyze diverse global challenges and to propose effective policy for solutions to them. Curriculum The IRP begins with training in the foundation of international relations. Students must choose at least five basic elective core courses (out of nine) to consolidate this basic understanding. Those courses seek to provide students with the conceptual foundations, empirical knowledge, and analytical skills that are required to understand diverse aspects of international relations.
The IRP also offers twenty-nine elective courses with thematic and regional foci. Those courses seek to provide more advanced, specified, and up-to-date studies corresponding with the multi-disciplinary nature of the international relations field. The thematic courses deal with the current issues of national security, diplomatic policy, human security, refugees, the environment, conflict resolution and peace building, the United Nations, and global civil society. Regional courses include studies of Japan, China, the United States, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Eurasia. Such diverse course offerings allow considerable flexibility for students to customize their academic pursuits in the course of their two-year master's study. Degree Requirements The requirements for completing the IRP are 1) two years of enrollment, 2) acquisition of at least 40 credits, 3) submission of a master’s thesis or research report after receiving the necessary research guidance, and 4) passing the thesis/research report evaluation and final examination. Students are awarded a Master of Arts in International Relations at the time of completion.
・ History of International Relations ・ International Politics ・ Foreign Policy Analysis ・ Human Rights and Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, and Equality ・ International Political Economy ・ Contemporary International Security Issues: National and Human ・ International Economic Systems and Order ・ International Organization ・ Comparative Government and Politics
・ Global Civil Society: Citizenship and Democracy ・ Security and Strategy: National and International ・ International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding ・ Diplomacy in Practice ・ Diplomacy and Statecraft ・ Global Issues: UNU Global Seminar ・ Refugees, Migrants, and Human Security ・ Poverty, War, and Human Security ・ Environment, Sustainable Development, and Human Security
・ International Relations in the Middle East ・ International Relations in Southeast Asia ・ International Relations in Eurasia ・ Social Issues in Contemporary Japan: Modern and Postmodern ・ Contemporary Japanese Economy ・ Modern Japan in the World ・ International Political Economy and Japan's Development Path ・ International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan ・ Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy ・ Postwar Japanese Economy up to the 1980s ・ Postwar Japanese Politics ・ Japanese National Security Policy ・ Japanese Public Finance and Administration
・ Essentials of Economics ・ Research Methodology ・ Cross-Cultural Communication
・ Advanced Seminar I ・ Advanced Seminar II ・ Advanced Seminar III ・ International Law
・ American Foreign Policy ・ Chinese Foreign Policy
"You can challenge any kind of dream at IRP surrounded by your IUJ family from all around the world" Two things can be said for IRP, actually for IUJ overall. First, you can challenge any kind of dream at IUJ. Regardless of your purpose for studying there, you can get plenty of academic and social support from great professors, unique classmates and the school. What you do in this environment is all up to you. Please remember that there are always classmates from all around the world by your side, so you will never be alone. The second point connects to this sense of fellowship. Whoever you are, the moment you graduate, you will have brothers and sisters, your IUJ family all around the planet. You can obtain not only a professional education but also connections spreading all over the world from a one or two year journey in the beautiful countryside of Japan.
Message from IRP Student
Naosuke Hinoki (Japan)
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