IUJ brochures 2020-2021

I nternational R elations P rogram GSIR Graduate School of International Relations

IRP educates young people to be outstanding practitioners and scholars to cope with global challenges

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 af fairs. In par ticular, 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.

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 elective courses with thematic and regional foci. Those courses seek to provide more advanced, specif ied, and up-to-date studies corresponding with the multi-disciplinary nature of the international relations field.


1st year

2nd year

Degree Requirements







MA in International Relations 40 credits & Thesis /44 credits & Research Report

Elective: 34(38) credits

Seminar: 6 credits

Elective (IRP common courses)




・American Foreign Policy ・Chinese Foreign Policy ・International Political Economy and Japan's Development Path ・International Relations and Foreign Policy of Japan ・International Relations in Eurasia ・International Relations in the Middle East ・Japanese Foreign Assistance Policy ・Japanese International Development Cooperation ・Japanese National Security Policy ・Japanese Public Finance and Administration

・Analysis of Development Policies and Programs ・Comparative Study of Development Experiences ・Cross-Cultural Communication ・Diplomacy and Statecraft ・Environment, Sustainable Development, and Human Security ・Essentials of Economics ・Global Issues: UNU Global Seminar ・Global Civil Society: Citizenship and Diplomacy ・International Law ・Refugees, Migrants, and Human Security ・Research Methodology ・Security and Strategy: National and International

・Comparative Government and Politics ・Contemporary International Security Issues ・Foreign Policy Analysis ・History of International Relations ・Human Rights and Global Justice: Cultures, Gender, and Equality ・International Economic Systems and Order ・International Organization ・International Political Economy ・International Politics

・Modern Japan in the World ・Postwar Japanese Economy ・Postwar Japanese Politics ・Social Issues in Contemporary Japan: Modern and Postmodern

Message from IRP Student

"Share insightful stories that allow you to better understand the world"

IRP is a unique opportunity to discuss worldwide issues with students from all around the world. That was what I wanted before coming to IUJ. Without IUJ, I wouldn't have had this kind of opportunity and I wouldn’t have been able to hear insightful stories that allowed me to better understand the world. What I learned in IUJ through professors and colleagues is precious and unforgettable. I would strongly recommend that people who want to study in an international environment to select IUJ. My recommended course: Japanese International Development Cooperation by Prof. Hiroshi Kato His lecture covers not only basic knowledge of Japanese international development but also practical knowledge based on his first-hand experience that is good background for a future career if you work in an international environment.

Shinji Shibata (Japan)

9 International Relations Program

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