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Postgraduate Course: East Asian International Relations (ASST11084)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will provide an introduction to international relations in East Asia from a theoretical, historical and topical perspective. A brief introductory part will focus on key theoretical concepts that need to be problematized when talking about East Asian international relations. In a second part, students will be given a survey on the major historical events that shaped international relations since the mid-nineteenth century until the present, introducing the key actors and institutions involved. Following this trajectory into the present, a third part is devoted to case studies that deal with issues critical to East Asian Relations today, not only on the political, but also on the economic and cultural level.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  21
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 25/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Critical perspective of keywords and key concepts in IR theory from a non-western perspective
- Solid understanding of the development of contemporary East Asian international relations from a historical perspective
- Knowledge of the key actors and institutional frameworks of contemporary East Asian relations
- Overview of key issues that continue to shape East Asian relations on the political as well as economic and intercultural level
- Critical assessment of sources and documents related to East Asian international relations, and ability to form judgements about diplomatic statements and discursive practice in international relations
- Skills in oral presentation and academic writing
Assessment Information
4000 Word Essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1 Research Skills

2 Defining the region: What is 'East Asia'/Empire/ Nation

3 Events/Actors/Institutions I: Age of Empire 1840 - 1911

4 Events/Actors/Institutions II: Versailles, Washington and War

5 Events/Actors/Institutions III: East Asia during the Cold War 1949-1990

6 Events/Actors/Institutions I: East Asia since 1990; East Asian Integrationpost war II 1990- today

7 Cases I North Korea and Taiwan

8 Cases II Border issues and energy

9 Cases III The US and the security dilemma Energy / North Korea/ Taiwan

10 Cases IV Nanjing massacre, Yasukuni, and the textbook controversy: public debates and popular protest
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list - Sutter, R. G., 2010, Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy Since the Cold War. 2nd ed., Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield
- Hook, G.D., Gilson, J., Hughes, C.W., and Dobson, H., 2011, Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security. 3rd ed., London: Routledge.
- Suh, J. J., Katzenstein, P. J., and Carlson, A., eds., 2004, Rethinking Security in East Asia : Identity, Power, and Efficiency. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press.
- Shambugh, D, ed, 2006, Power shift: China and Asia¿s New Dynamics. University of California Press
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Weekly 2 hour seminars including short student presentations
Course organiserProf Urs Matthias Zachmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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