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Non-Western Diplomacy on the Rise? East Asia as a Case Study


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


Combining lectures, group discussions and skills development, this intensive course has been designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the basics of non-Western diplomacy. It will equip students with basic knowledge on key actors and policy fields, as well as practical experience in debating and applying this knowledge.

Two full days of (mandatory) classroom meetings consist of lectures and discussion in the morning and practical assignments in the afternoon. Prior to each session, students are required complete the assigned readings as well as prepare an assignment.

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to get students acquainted with various issues, opportunities and challenges with regards to the foreign policy of China and Japan, and to reflect on the diplomatic strategy and style of these countries. By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
*Understand the different national perspectives of China and Japan in key foreign policy fields;
*Identify some of the key opportunities and challenges that might lay ahead for China and Japan;
*Broaden your insight in categorizing these opportunities and challenges;
*Exchange mutual perceptions and different perspectives on regional cooperation;
*Further develop your analytical, research, debating and presentation skills.

Timetableo be announced by OSC staff.

February 2, 2018: 09:00 – 17:30
February 5, 2018: 09:00 – 17:30

Mode of instruction

This course is seminar based and class attendance is mandatory. Students are required to complete the assigned readings. The lecturer may ask students to briefly introduce readings in class and to raise issues for discussion based on the literature. Every student is required to conduct a SWOT analysis and to contribute to a mock conference.

Every student will do the following ASSIGNMENTS:

  • SWOT Analysis: written note and presentation (pair assignment)
    A country and topic will be assigned before the beginning of this course.

  • Mock Seminar (individual and pair assignment)
    Topics and roles may be chosen during our first session.

Course Load

1 EC

Assessment method

*Active class participation: 30% (attendance and discussion: 15+15)
*SWOT Analysis: 30% (written note + presentation: 15+15)
*Mock Seminar: 40% (author + individual + session performance: 10+20+10)


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

Reading list

Students will read approximately 60-70 pages per session, 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.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course. Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.

Catalogue number: 8824NWDEA
Class number: 20066


Dr. Maaike Okano-Heijmans


This intensive course is designed for second year MIRD students that completed the Public Choice (elective) course in Block 1.