• Class Number 4607
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Lauren Richardson
    • Dr Lauren Richardson
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The East Asian region is commonly conceived of as driven by power politics and constituted of strong states with weak societies. The political volatility that characterizes the region is accordingly often conceptualised along state-centric lines.

This course challenges these conventional understandings by examining a range of diplomatic issues and processes in which non-state actors, broadly defined, have exerted decisive influence and at times, been the source of inter-state friction.

Through surveying a variety of non-state actors across a range of diplomatic arenas, the course illuminates the conditions under which such actors emerge, the means by which they derive resources and influence, and the extent of their leverage over diplomatic interactions in East Asia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Distinguish subtypes of non-state actors and assess their role and influence across a range of diplomatic issues in East Asia.
  2. Understand the structural contexts that govern the behaviour of non-state actors in East Asia, and the factors that serve to limit and enhance their diplomatic influence.
  3. Critically apply a range of theories and concepts pertaining to non-state actors.
  4. Provide nuanced correctives of state-centric assessments of diplomatic issues in East Asia.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Understanding Non-State Actors: Conceptions, Theories and Analytic Frameworks
2 The Role of Religious Actors in Sino-Japanese Rapprochement
3 Interactions between State & Non-State Actors in China's Public Diplomacy
4 The Comfort Women Advocacy Network
5 Circumventing and Overturning Treaties: how Victims' Lawsuits are shaping East Asian Relations
6 Anti-U.S. Military Base Movements in South Korea and Japan
7 Setting North Korean Abductions on the Diplomatic Agenda: the Role of Advocacy Groups and Media in Japan and South Korea
8 Engaging North Korea through Citizen Diplomacy
9 Sub- and Transnational Actors in East Asia's Territorial Disputes
10 The Role of the East Asian Diaspora in US Foreign Policy
11 Sports Diplomacy in East Asia
12 The Sovereign Limits of Non-State Actors

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Policy Brief 30 % 21/03/2019 05/04/2019 1
Blog Response 20 % 16/04/2019 30/04/2019 2
Major Essay 40 % 30/05/2019 13/06/2019 4,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 21/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1

Policy Brief

Write a policy brief of 2,000 words for the Japanese and US governments (one policy brief written for the purpose of the two governments) aimed at helping them understand the role of non-state actors in military base politics in Japan. You should focus specifically on the issue of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located in Okinawa, Japan. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 16/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2

Blog Response

For this assessment task, you are required to write a 1000-word Op-Ed style blog post in response to a state-centric commentary on the “comfort women” issue. Your response should be aimed at highlighting the role of non-state actors in the issue.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4,3

Major Essay

Write a 3,000 word essay on one of the topics provided by the lecturer. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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