• Offered by Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lauren Richardson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course focuses on a relatively new category of political actors that are increasingly challenging the state monopoly on the diplomatic realm: non-state actors. The course will survey a vast array of these actors, including NGOs, think tanks, and terrorist groups, and will examine how they function across a variety of diplomatic issues in the Asia-Pacific. Students will study the ways in which non-state actors influence diplomatic activity and, in turn, shape the nature of relations between states in the region.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a wide range of knowledge of non-state actors that actively seek to influence states and regional organisations
  2. Apply a range of theories and analytical tools relevant to the study of non-state actors
  3. Understand and apply the difference between policy and scholarly writing
  4. Analyse the impact of non-state actors on diplomatic interactions and policy outcomes in the Asia-Pacific and the international system at large

Indicative Assessment

  1. Report (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. Policy Brief (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Essay (40) [LO 1,2,4]

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Workload

10 Hours per week over 12 weeks, comprising 2 hours of seminar attendance, a 1-hour tutorial and 7 hours of self study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have successfully completed 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatibile with DIPL8016.

Prescribed Texts

Ann M. Florini (ed.) The Third Force: The Rise of Transnational Civil Society, Washington DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000


Shamina Ahmed and David M. Potter, NGOs in International Politics, Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, 2006

Preliminary Reading

Week 1: Understanding Non-State Actors: Conceptions and Analytic Frameworks


Week 2: NGOs as International Actors


Week 3: Traditional Non-State Actors


Week 4: Think Tanks 


Week 5: The End of the Cold War and the Landmines Treaty


Week 6: Privatizing Foreign Policy: Private Military Contractors and Lobbying Firms


Week 7: Influential Individuals: Eminent Political Figures & Celebrity Diplomats


Week 8: Insidious Non-State Actors: Corrupt Corporations, Terrorists, Pirates


Week 9: Role of Civil Society in Constraining National Security Policies in the Asia-Pacific


Week 10: Transnational Civil Society and Human Rights


Week 11: Transnational Advocacy Networks in Japan-Korea Diplomacy: The “Comfort Women” case


Week 12: Course Summary and Review

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9388 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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