This course shall introduce students to border studies in an Asia-Pacific context. Despite expectations that the significance of sovereign state borders was set to fade away with the collapse of the Soviet Union and removal of the Berlin Wall, border issues have achieved ever more prominence in recent years, both in Japan (“inherent territory”) and elsewhere. This course shall help explain why borders have retained their significance in a globalized world, and the utility of analyzing them from an interdisciplinary perspective. Through this course, students shall be exposed to a range of perspectives on both the border itself, and the disciplines with which the field is most associated (political studies, IR, political geography, anthropology, security studies, etc.).