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150180 VU Drug Policy in East Asia (2021S)

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


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


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Throughout the Summer Semester, classes will take place virtually through the e-learning platform of Moodle. Students will be able to request appointments during office hours.
Office Hours: Mondays 3-4 pm (coordinate appointment per e-mail).

Thursday 04.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 11.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 17:00 - 19:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to introduce students to the Drug policy Debate and map East Asian Contemporary Drug Policy and international cooperation, through the review of different case studies in the region (ASEAN+3).

By successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
- Show their ability to understand key concepts part of the Drug Policy debate, such as the International Drug Control Regime (IDCR), control, prevention and treatment measures;
- Show understanding key concepts from IR theory that relate to international cooperation, applied to Drug Policy;
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the different stakeholders and mechanisms involved in international cooperation on Drug Policy;
- Demonstrate knowledge on current developments in Contemporary East Asian Drug Policy, including the role of regional institutions in leading a multilateral response to Drugs;
- Show a critical attitude towards the formation of an institutional response as part of the Drug policy Debate in East Asia.

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 Drug Policy debate and the International Drug Control Regime, applying 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 the implementation of Drug Policy strategies. The second part of the course will delve into the characteristics of the Contemporary (East)Asian Drug Policy and the existing challenges to the implementation of a regional response to Drugs. 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.

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade from the course is a result of the following:
- Quiz on International Drug Control Regime - IDCR (20%)
- Reading and commenting texts, written and in class online (50%)
- Essay on case study (30%)

For completing the assignments and attending the course completely, students receive 4 ECTS.

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.
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.

During the first digital session (04.03.2021), 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.

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

Reading list

A reading list will be made available through Moodle.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Tu 27.07.2021 15:27