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Postgraduate Course: The Role of Sub-State Actors in East Asian Politics (ASST11094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe East Asian region is commonly conceived of as being driven by power politics and constituted of strong states and weak societies. This course challenges such conventional wisdom by examining a number of arenas in which sub-states actors, broadly defined, have successfully effected policy influence and change in East Asia.

Through surveying a variety of sub-state actors across a broad range of issue areas, the course illuminates the conditions under which such actors emerge, the means by which they derive their power and resources, and the extent of their leverage over governments in East Asia.
Course description Week 1: Understanding Sub-State Actors: theories, concepts and analytic frameworks
Week 2: The Emergence of Sub-State Actors in East Asia
Week 3: The ¿Comfort Women¿ Advocacy Network and the Asian Women¿s Fund
Week 4: Anti-U.S. Military Base Movements in South Korea and Japan
Week 5: Grassroots Organizations in China
Week 6: How Activists in East Asia have Engaged North Korea
Week 7: The Role of Transnational Networks in East Asia¿s ¿history problems¿
Week 8: The Impact of the Japanese Anti-Nuclear Movement
Week 9: The East Asian Diaspora in U.S. Politics
Week 10: The Influence of Human Rights Activists in East Asia
Week 11: Limits to Sub-State Power
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand key issues and debates pertaining to the role and influence on sub-state actors in East Asia
  2. Comprehend the structural contexts within which sub-state actors operate in East Asia, and the factors that limit and enhance their power
  3. Formulate research questions and critically assess source material
  4. Have developed a conceptual and methodological tool kit that will assist with completing the MSc dissertations in International Relations and Political Science
Reading List
Keohane, R. O. & Nye, J., 2001, Power and Interdependence (3rd edn.). New York: Addison Wesley Longman.
Keck, M. & Sikkink, K., 1998, Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Seraphim, F., 2006,War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2000. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserMs Lauren Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4098
Course secretaryMiss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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