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150053 SE International Relations in East Asia (2018S)

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Presentation sessions (panels) will be held in three extended blocks on 29 May, 05 and 12 June 2018, 3:45 pm-7:30 pm.

Tuesday 06.03. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 13.03. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 20.03. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 10.04. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 17.04. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 24.04. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 08.05. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 15.05. 15:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 29.05. 15:45 - 19:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 05.06. 15:45 - 19:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 12.06. 15:45 - 19:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In accordance with the Curriculum of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), after completion of this course,

• Students will master the fundamentals of different theories of international relations and be able to apply them to concrete cases.
• They are aware of the specific situation of contemporary East Asian international relations in selected areas of tension, potential conflict or cooperation.
• They are capable of analysing the East Asian security position in a global and regional context on the basis of accepted theories in a scholarly appropriate manner.

This is a text-based course. Accordingly, students will read and discuss several texts introducing key concepts of international relations theory. Students then will individually apply the theoretical concepts in a presentation and term paper, analysing specific (South) East Asian IR cases. The term paper serves as a direct preparation for their individual MA thesis. Students will also present their key findings in an academic conference setting in class, where a group of discussants will give feedback and initiate further in-class discussion. Presentation (and term paper) topics/research questions must critically apply one of the theories discussed in class in accordance with one of the panel topics listed below. Attention: Presentation sessions (panels) will be held in three extended blocks on 29 May, 05 and 12 June 2018, 3:45 pm - 7:30 pm.

- Panel I: The South China Sea
- Panel II: The East China Sea
- Panel III: The Korean Peninsula
- Panel IV: The Taiwan Strait
- Panel V: One Belt One Road
- Panel VI: East Asian Soft Power
- Panel VII: tba if necessary

Assessment and permitted materials

• Reading and commenting texts, written and in class (15%)
• Individual presentations (25%)
• Feedback and discussion of presentation findings (10%)
• Seminar paper, 10.000 words (+/- 10%) excl. cover page and list of references/appendices; due 31 July 2018, 11:59 pm (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar paper is an indispensable component of this seminar, in particular as it serves as a direct preparation for your MA thesis. Students who fail to submit a term paper via moodle until 31 July 2018, 11:59 pm will fail the whole course. The numeric EcoS template for assessment of term papers applies (minimum 43 of 72 points for a positive grade).

Interactive discussion and student participation are likewise integral to this seminar. Regular participation is thus mandatory. In case of absence, following rule applies: The final grade remains unchanged for up to three absences. If students are absent more than three times, the final grade will be reduced by one full grade. If students are absent more than 4 times, the final grade will be reduced by two full grades. Students who are absent more than 5 times will fail the whole course. Attention: The extended panel sessions (3:45 pm - 7:30 pm) on 29 May, 05 and 12 June each equal 2,33 regular sessions.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory. Absence at the first meeting will lead to automatic de-registration from this course.

For the presentations, please upload your ppt and handout 24h in advance. Unannounced (less than 48h in advance) absence on the day of your presentation results in an immediate fail of the presentation and the whole course.

Grading is based on a “continuous assessment of coursework” (“Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung”). Repetition of individual assessment criteria, therefore, is not possible.
General Rules of Good Academic Practice apply. Non-compliance will result in legal measures according to the regulations of the University of Vienna.

All minimum requirements and assessment criteria will be discussed during the first class. By continuing this course, students automatically accept all minimum requirements and assessment criteria.

Examination topics

By means of reading and discussing specialised texts, students gather or deepen their knowledge of main theories of international relations. On this basis, an analysis of current topics in East Asia is conducted both in class and in the term paper.

Reading list

A complete literature list will be available on Moodle. Students will be required to independently research additional literature for in-class discussions, presentations and term papers.

Dunne, Tim, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds. International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Reus-Smit, Christian, and Duncan Snidal, eds. The Oxford Handbook of International Relations. 1st ed. The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Association in the course directory

WM3b

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