Universität Wien

150033 SE Strategic Gaming (2017W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

For BA students of EC A153 (Intercultural Skills East Asia): This course can be chosen as substitute for VU History of East Asia as the latter will only be offered once per academic year. Although offered as MA seminar (EcoS, Sinology), this seminar will be held on BA level.

++++++ IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This course will be offered as seminar

(SE) with 10 ECTS for students of the MA program of Sinology. Here, students need to write an extended seminar thesis. For all other students (MA EcoS, Complementary Study Programme: Intercultural Skills East Asia [EC Interkulturelle Kompetenz Ostasiens] as well as all other study programs) this class will be offered as SE with 4 ECTS. Here, the final paper will be a much shorter evaluation paper. Please understand that students cannot choose between both versions due to technical reasons.

EcoS and Sinology students who have already participated in the Strategic Gaming on the East China Sea can take this course as well, it will count, e.g. for EcoS, as a different M4 course. ++++++


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The Strategic Gaming will start with an orientation lecture on Friday 17 November 2017, 16:45 - 21:00, providing practical information on a strategic gaming; overview of the disputes in the South China Sea and forming of actor groups.
The two game days will take place on the Weekend of 2 and 3 December 2017 (9:00 - 17:00 each day). Attendance on all three days is compulsory.

Freitag 17.11. 16:45 - 21:00 Seminarraum Japanologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2K-EG-21 (Vorbesprechung)
Samstag 02.12. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Sonntag 03.12. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In the South China Sea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei dispute about overlapping territorial claims. Being supposedly rich in oil and gas resources as well as minerals and fish, these nations claim islands, reefs and rocks in order to extent their 200 nautical miles zone. Most claims, though, are legally and politically contested. Despite the aim of ASEAN and China to draft a Code of Conduct the disputes are far from being resolved, not at least because of China´s preference for bilateral negotiations and its allegedly assertive behavior. As the South China Sea is a globally important sea line of communication, externals actors such as the US, Japan, India and the EU have a strategic interest in maritime security, further complicating the overall security situation.
This course takes place as a strategic game. A strategic game simulates a real-world scenario in a controlled setting. Simulating a complex conflict from the realm of international relations, participants form groups representing states or organizations. Groups simulate the role of their respective actor and interact with other actors with the aim of fulfilling a set of objectives (“national interests”) utilizing a certain range of means. Interaction of actors is based on a fictional, yet realistic plot distributed to students before game day.

Day 1 (five hours): Introductory presentations. Students will get practical information on strategic gaming (J.F. Loher) as well as on the disputes in the South China Sea (A. Gerstl) and negotiation skills. At the end of day 1, stundents will form actor groups.

Day 2: 09:00-17:00: Preparation in groups, bi- and multilateral negotiations (formal and informal), ARF meeting in the afternoon.
Day 3: 09:00-17:00: Evaluation of ARF meeting in groups, bi- and multilateral negotiations (formal and informal), final ARF meeting in the afternoon, feedback & evaluation.

Day 2 & 3: At the beginning of day 2, each group will first need to formulate certain targets and then define means of reaching these targets based on each actor's individual position in the conflict, the overall strategic situation in East Asia and the scenario drafted in the plot. Groups will then be able to enter into bi- and multilateral negotiations in order to then negotiate a common agreement at the Asian Regional Forum (ARF) meeting (taking place on both game days). Actors do not necessarily need to agree on a common solution, but rather continuously aim at enforcing their own interests.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The grade will be determined based on the submission of two course-related papers and active participation during the game. Please note that type of assessment as well as ratio of assessment differs depending on your study program:

Assessment #1:

Paper I: Analysis of the group's interests, aims and means: 30%
Active participation in the game: 40%
Paper II: Evaluation of the group's performance during the game: 30%

Attendance in the first session, submission of papers and continuous attendance at both game days are a necessary pre-condition for a positive grade.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The main aims of the strategic gaming are:

- Gaining knowledge of the complex constellations in the South China Sea disputes and the overall security situation in East Asia
- acquiring a deeper understanding of the interests and positions of the parties concerned
- developing skills to enhance strategic thinking and acting and negotiating in complex situations.

In our case of the South China Sea dispute, students will form groups representing the key actors with between 3 and 7 students (depending on the total number of students). These groups will include the main regional and external actors (i.e. China, Japan, USA, the Philippines, Vietnam ...) or an international organization (ASEAN/ARF).



Gerstl, Alfred and Strasakova, Maria (Eds.) (2017): Unresolved Border, Land and Maritime Disputes in Southeast Asia. Bi- and Multilateral Conflict Resolution Approaches and ASEAN's Centrality. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

PR 421/422,
EC A153 (kann statt VU History of East Asia absolviert werden),
M4 für Ecos, Geographie MG-S6-PI.f/m

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:35