Barcelona, Spain

International Relations of East Asia

when 15 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 910

The International Politics of East Asia course offers an in-depth academic examination of one of the world's most economically and politically important regions. Home to China and Japan, the world's second and third largest economies, East Asia is a major global hub for finance, manufacturing, and trade. However, this economic dynamism exists against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions and unresolved conflicts that are the focus of this course.

The course begins with a historical context, tracing East Asia's development during the Cold War, a period marked by superpower rivalry and proxy wars. This historical perspective is crucial to understanding the region's contemporary political landscape, particularly the continuing impact of the Cold War legacy on current geopolitical tensions.

From there, the course moves on to an in-depth analysis of the modern dynamics within East Asia. Key areas of focus include:

The evolving roles of major powers such as China, Japan, the United States and South Korea, and their influence on the regional geopolitical landscape.

The strategic and political implications of China's rise as a regional and global power.

Developments in East Asian regionalism.

Issues concerning intra-regional security, with focus on the main flashpoints of tension such as the unresolved status of Taiwan, North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Course leader

Just Castillo Iglesias. Political scientist specialized in International Relations.

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

The course takes a multi-dimensional approach, using lectures, readings, and discussions to explore these issues. In addition, students will participate in a simulation exercise designed to provide practical insight into the region's complex political dynamics and future challenges. This exercise is designed to reinforce theoretical knowledge with experiential learning, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of East Asia's international politics.

Upon completion, students will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the key factors shaping East Asia's international politics, armed with both historical context and an appreciation for the region's current geopolitical intricacies.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 910: The course fee for international and national students (non-UAB students) is € 910 but those who register before May 15th will get 20% discount.


No but there is 20% discount on the tuition fee if prospective students register before May 15th.