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150033 SE Strategic Gaming (M3) (2016W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

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 South China Sea can take this course as well, it will count, e.g. for EcoS, as a different M4 course. ++++++


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The Strategic Gaming will take place on 19 October, 9:00-13:00 (Room Sinology 1) and on the weekend of 3 and 4 December 2016, 9:00-17:00 (Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology, Campus Altes AKH, Courtyard 2, Entrance 2.3). - On 19 October, we will held an introductory meeting (c. 4 hours). Thereby the lecturers will explain the formal course requirements as well as the rules of the game and provide further information on the disputes the Strategic Gaming deals with. At this occasion, the country groups will also be formed.
Attendance of the introductory meeting and the Gaming on 3./4.12.2016 are compulsory.

Wednesday 19.10. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Saturday 03.12. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Sunday 04.12. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10


Aims, contents and method of the course

This Strategic Gaming deals with the territorial disputes in the East China Sea and the Cross-Straits relations. It therefore involves the interests and policies of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, but also external actors such as the United States and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

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 utilizing a certain range of means. Interaction of actors is based on a fictional plot distributed to students before game day.

Assessment and permitted materials

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 (students of all study programs except for MA Sinology):

Paper I: Analysis of the group's interests, aims and means (6-8 pages): 30%
Active participation in the game: 40%
Paper II: Evaluation of the group's performance during the game (6-8 pages): 30%

Assessment #2 (students of the MA program Sinology A 066 811):

Paper I: Analysis of the group’s interests, aims and means (6-8 pages): 20%
Active participation in the game: 30%
Paper II: Seminar thesis: Analysis of the conflict of interests with other claimants and
suggestions for the solution and negotiation tactics (15-20 pages): 50%

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The main aims of the strategic gaming are:

- gaining knowledge of the complex constellations in the East China Sea disputes and the Cross-Straits relations
- 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 East China Sea disputes, 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) or an international organization (ASEAN/ARF).

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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

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