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Prospectus

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Non-Western Diplomacy: The Case of East Asia

Course
2019-2020

Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.

Description

Does a particular ‘East Asian’ style and strategy of diplomacy and international relations exist next to the dominant mode of diplomatic practice with its largely Western origins? In this course we will seek answers to this question through a discussion of diplomacy and international relations in East Asia. The focus is on the distinctiveness of the diplomacy and foreign policy of China and Japan, the region’s two main actors. We will also discuss the enormous political, economic, and social changes that the East Asian region has undergone as a result of globalisation; as well as its growing economic clout and integration into the international system.

The seminar-style discussion and assignments are devoted to topical developments and to practical dilemmas that policymakers face. To this end, policy-makers from the region and/or the Netherlands will be invited as guest lecturers.

Specific topics to be addressed include China’s great power diplomacy; Japanese diplomacy in flux; economic diplomacy and connectivity in East Asia; and China as a global actor and changing rules of the game in international relations.

Course objectives

Objective 1:
The course aims to reflect on the basic features that characterise the currently dominant modes of IR and diplomacy, with largely Western origins. Also, it contributes to students’ understanding of the systemic and practical changes in these fields, stemming from the growing influence of countries/actors with rather distinct approaches.
Objective 2:
Through its focus on East Asia, it deepens students’ understanding of how countries in this region – China and Japan in particular – use diplomacy to achieve their foreign policy aims.
Objective 3:
The course sets out to enhance students’ research and analytical capacities with a view to policy-oriented decision-making.
Objective 4:
The course aims to enhance students’ analytical and practical skills – in particular their presentation, debating and writing skills – based on a policy-oriented approach.

Timetable

On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

This course is seminar based. Introductory lectures and group discussion are complemented with class presentations by students. One or more guest lecturers will be invited to speak on topics of particular interest.
Every student is required to write and present a briefing note; to write a policy brief (individual assignments, addressing the same subject); and to contribute to a mock conference (individual and group assignment).

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

  • Active class participation: 10%

  • Briefing note: 30% (written assignment and presentation: 15%+15%)

  • Policy brief: 30%

  • Contribution to the mock conference: 30% (individual + group performance: 20%+10%)

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

Blackboard

Important information relevant to the course will be available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Students will read approximately 60-70 pages per week, mostly consisting of journal articles, book chapters, government publications and opinionated articles. Complementing these compulsory and supplementary readings, a list of selected readings is provided prior to the first class, for those students who are interested in reading still more about international relations and East Asia.
Furthermore, students are encouraged to look for relevant institutions and topical on-line content themselves. A list of think tanks and discussion fora that are particularly recommended will be provided.

Registration

Use Blackboard to register for every course. The programme will register the students in Usis based on the group division.

Contact

Dr. M.W.A. Okano-Heijmans Mhejimans@clingendael.nl

Remarks

This course is an elective course designed for second year MIRD students.
This elective is conditional on at least 5 students registering for this course.