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150125 VU VU Regionalism, Institutions and Transnational Crimes in East Asia (2021W)

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

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

UPDATE 22.11.2021: During lock-down period, all scheduled sessions in campus will be taught 100% remotely (online-zoom)

In order to guarantee a stable connection, students are advised to:
1) Log in a couple of minutes earlier in order to set the internet connection, as well as audio and video settings. The virtual room will be open 15 minutes before class begins.
2) Use a common internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera...)
3)For optimal audio quality, it is suggested to use headphones.
4)Although it is not mandatory to keep the camera on during the whole session, be ready to use it upon request by the lecturer

There will be four presence meetings in campus for students to engage with their peers and lecturer in person. This will apply to those students who are in Vienna and who do not have any limitations to attend classes in person. A previous registration will take place to confirm the attendance for each meeting.

Those in Vienna unable to attend should fall under one of the following categories: Risk group members as defined by the COVID-19 Risk Group Regulation of the Minister of Health, living, or caring in the same household with such persons, and students with restrictions on travel (regional/national) or in segregation (quarantine) at the time of the meeting.

Thursday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 12.10. 16:45 - 20:00 Hörsaal A UniCampus Zugang Hof 2 2F-EG-32 (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 21.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 04.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 11.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 18.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 25.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 02.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 09.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 16.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 13.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Thursday 20.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to introduce students to the definition, problems and consequences posed by Transnational Organized Crime and the most prominent forms that it takes in East Asia.

By successfully completing this course, in accordance with the Curriculum of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), students should be able to:
- Familiarize themselves with the different types of Transnational Organized Crime as defined by the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto; namely: Drug Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Smuggling of Migrants, Illicit Arm Trade, Trafficking of Natural Resources and Cybercrime, among others.
- Show their ability to understand key concepts part of the debate on Transnational Crimes and the different coordinated responses that could be articulated among countries in East Asia and regional institutions, such as ASEAN.
- Show understanding key concepts from International Relations Theory that relate to Transnational Organized Crime
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the different stakeholders and mechanisms involved in international cooperation on Transnational Organized Crime, and
- Show a critical attitude towards the formation of an institutional response in East Asia that addresses the most prominent threats product of Transnational Organized Criminal Networks.

This is a text-based course. That means that everyone is expected to attend the online class having completed the required readings, ready to participate. For the first part of the course, students will get an overview of the Transnational Organized Crime debate and the UN Convention against Organized Crimes with its subsequent Protocols. Students will also learn to apply a multidisciplinary approach that relies strongly on methodology from Political Science (IR Theory). Therefore, this section will also review the role and effectiveness of international institutions, as well as existing frameworks of cooperation that could apply to tackle the threat of Transnational Crime. The second part of the course will delve into the characteristics of the Contemporary (East)Asian Transnational Organized Crime and the existing challenges to the implementation of a regional response. Although the course includes a list of text to prepare for in-class discussions, students are strongly encouraged to research and read additional academic literature to enrich the discussion of each unit.

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 measures, the course will be taught digitally. All compulsory activities will be held over Moodle in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous methods. Each week of class will include activities either in the form of a webinar (synchronous), video content or other online methods for students to prepare asynchronously.

There will be three presence meetings in campus for students to engage with their peers and lecturer in person. This will apply to those students who are in Vienna and who do not have any limitations to attend classes in person. A previous registration will take place to confirm the attendance for each meeting.

Those in Vienna unable to attend should fall under one of the following categories: Risk group members as defined by the COVID-19 Risk Group Regulation of the Minister of Health, living, or caring in the same household with such persons, and students with restrictions on travel (regional/national) or in segregation (quarantine) at the time of the meeting.

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade from the course is a result of the following:
- Quiz on UN Convention on Transnational Crimes (20%)
- Reading and commenting texts, written and in class online (50%)
- Essay on case study (30%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

During the first digital session (07.10.2021), the lecturer will explain all minimum requirements and assessment criteria. 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. If a student has troubles with the connection on Moodle, she/he must contact the lecturer per e-mail.

- 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.
- Grading is based on a “continuous assessment of coursework” (“Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung”). Repetition of individual assessment criteria, therefore, is not possible.
- Active participation in discussions and class exercises is encouraged and expected from students. Bearing this in mind, regular attendance is mandatory.
In order to guarantee a stable connection, students are advised to:
- Log in a couple of minutes earlier in order to set the internet connection, as well as audio and video settings. The virtual room will be open 15 minutes before class begins.
- Use a common internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Opera...)
- For optimal audio quality, it is suggested to use headphones.

Examination topics

Students are free to choose the topic of their essay individually within the range of topics discussed in class (list of topics provided).

Reading list

A reading list will be made available through Moodle.

Association in the course directory

WM4

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