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150055 SE International Relations in East Asia (2019S)

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

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

To ensure a smooth proceeding of the seminar, be on time!
Students who are late by more than 10 minutes will not be signed in on the attendance list (thus count as absent).

Wednesday 06.03. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 13.03. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 20.03. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 27.03. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 03.04. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 10.04. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 08.05. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 15.05. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 22.05. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 29.05. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 05.06. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 12.06. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 19.06. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 26.06. 08:20 - 09:50 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Reflecting our integrated teaching and learning concept, this course includes the building of theoretical knowledge as well as its application to specific cases in East Asia. Importantly, this seminar will be used to practice essential academic skills that you will need for term papers and MA theses.

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 East Asian IR cases. The term paper serves as a direct preparation for their individual MA thesis. Students will also present their approach and existing literature 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 an established theory on one of the panel topics listed below:

Panel I: The Taiwan Strait
Panel II: The Korean Peninsula
Panel III: The East China Sea
Panel IV: The South China Sea
Panel V: OBOR, Central Asia, and Russia

Assessment and permitted materials

• Reading and commenting texts, written and in class (“Assignments”; 20%)
• Individual presentations and handouts (one A4 page) (20%)
• Feedback and discussion of presentation findings, written and in class (10%)
• Seminar paper, 10.000 words (+/- 500 words) excl. front- and back-matter (cover page, table of content, list of references, appendices, etc.), due 31 July 2019, 11:55 pm (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Positive grades (grade 4 or better) for all formal requirements as listed under “Assessment (Art der Leistungskontrolle)” are a minimum requirement for passing this course.

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 positive and complete term paper (grade 4 or better) via Moodle until 31 July 2019, 11:55 pm will fail this 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 (except on presentation/discussant days). If students are absent four times, the final grade will be reduced by one full grade. If students are absent five times, the final grade will be reduced by two full grades. Students who are absent six or more times will fail the whole course.
Please note: To ensure a smooth proceeding of the seminar, be on time! Students who are late by more than 10 minutes will not be signed in on the attendance list (thus count as absent).

For the presentations, please upload your ppt and handout 24h in advance via Moodle. 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 written submissions via Moodle are subject to an automated plagiarism check.

All minimum requirements and assessment criteria will be discussed during the first class. By continuing this course, students accept all minimum requirements and assessment criteria. Attendance at the first class thus is mandatory. Absence at the first meeting will lead to automatic de-registration from this course.

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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