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Master

Master’s Program 
Successful completion of 32 credits of courses . 
Students are also required to submit a written master's thesis completed under the supervision of a faculty member and pass an Oral Examination.

I0392 Political Military Wargame  (2/0): Contemporary wargaming, developed by Prussian Army in the mid-19th century, has in fact similar to ancient Chinese military thought more than 2000 years ago. It served not only as useful tools in military planning, policy deliberation as well as understanding of power games in international affairs. The course is design to lead students into the world of wargaming, including methodology, scenario planning, and gaming practice. 

 

I0226 Selected Readings of Chinese and Western Strategic Classics (2/0): The main purpose of this course is to study the core concept and theory of Chinese and Western strategic classics. It shall offer optimal solutions to current strategic issues and inspiration to current strategic thought through the process of creative transformation of the former. 

I0064 Lecture on National Security Strategy (2/0): There are three main parts to the Seminar: 1) Basic national security concepts and theories; 2) The decision-making process of national security strategy of main world powers; 3) The construction of Taiwan’s national security strategy. By means of these three parts in order to enhance participants to realize the process of national security strategy and its outcome. 

M0216 American Foreign Policy (3/0): This course is not about the process, specific issues, or areal (country) focus of American Foreign Policy. Rather, it is about how the US designs its foreign policy given the economic constraints the country faces. Therefore, the course is about America's grand strategy. The approach adopted this course is historical and comparative. That is, we can understand American Foreign Policy by understanding the foreign policies of powers similarly situated as the US. 

T0119 S.T. of International Politics (2/0): The course covers a number of important issues in the contemporary international relations. Both theoretical and practical aspects will be addressed during discussions of the issues. The course focuses on the study of the Asian-Pacific area, with particular emphasis on the development of Sino-U.S.-Taiwan relations and its influence on the interests of Taiwan. The lecture will be given in English. Reading materials will be assigned. Students are required to write papers and present them during the seminars. 

T0134 The Theory of International Relations (3/0): This course introduces the theories and structures of international politics and explores important subjects of international relations. Both major theories and important international cases will be discussed. 

T0578 The Basic Research of Strategy (2/0): This course not only asks students to understand the strategic research development and related implications by focusing on major strategic concepts and topics, but also explores the strategic research approaches and methodology, according to the change of strategic environment and tendency, integrating the disciplines, to be the foundation of future strategic studies. 

T0817 Professional English and Writing for International Affairs (3/0): We will be reading newspapers and journal articles of international affairs and relations to learn the specific vocabulary, grammar, and above all, rhetoric. We will analyze texts to raise the awareness of specific structure(s) for formal and academic writing so that students can understand how ideas are organized and put forward in a coherent text. The course is also designed according to themes: 1) US and global economic crises; 2) EU and cultural integration; 3) climate change; 4) cross-strait relation. These are, of course, subject to change should other suggestions arise. 

T0911 International Economic Strategies (2/0): This course focuses on research design strategies in the study of major concepts, constructs and theoretical perspectives of International Economic Strategies. In parallel a close examination of its connections with relevant disciplines, including international relations, international economics, and management. 

T0934 Contemporary War Theories and Military Conflict (3/0): This course introduces the concepts and context of modern warfare necessary to develop an understanding of contemporary military strategy. 

T1102 History of Chinese Strategic Thoughts (3/0): The main purpose of this course is to study the core concept and theory of Chinese strategic thought. It shall offer optimal solutions to current strategic issues and inspiration to current strategic thought through the process of creative transformation of classical Chinese strategic thought. 

T2699 Wargaming: Decision and Negotiation Simulation (2/0): Contemporary wargaming, developed by Prussian Army in the mid-19th century, has in fact similar to ancient Chinese military thought more than 2000 years ago. It served not only as useful tools in military planning, policy deliberation as well as understanding of power games in international affairs. The course is designed to lead students into the world of wargaming, including methodology, scenario planning, and gaming practice. 

T1633 National Power and Strategic Action (2/0): The ultimate purpose of strategy is action. Strategic action comprises three elements: power, purpose, and environment. There are two focuses of this course are as follows: (1) Exploring the core concept and theoretical framework of national power and strategic action; (2) Shaping national and effective strategic action through the assessment of power, purpose, and environment. 

I0051 Comparative Studies on Defense Transformation (0/3): This course is offered to provide graduate students with new and important concepts and thoughts related to future strategic studies in the 21st century. Government documents, journal articles, academic papers, and policy statements are put into categories to guide students to better inquiry in the field. The focus of the course is defense transformations in major powers and various impacts of such changes on the development and practice of military institutions as well as capabilities. 

I0069 Advanced Studies of Taiwan’s National Defense (0/3): The purpose of this course is, through small-group workshop, to analyze the critical issues in Taiwan's national defense and to seek for possible solutions. 

 

T0512 International Negotiation and Mediation (0/2): The goal of the course is to provide an understanding of the roles of international negotiation and mediation in conflict resolution. The content of the course is divided into two parts: negotiation and mediation. The former covers the basics of international negotiation with emphasis on theoretical knowledge, such as the impact of power, the role of culture, and the nature of multilateral negotiation. The latter surveys major issues of international mediation with case studies, including the Oslo Accord, the Iran hostage crisis, and third-party intervention in Cambodia and East Timor. 

T0816 Understanding Journalistic English (0/3): This course aims to equip students with the skills to read English newspapers and news magazines with ease and in depth. Students will be familiarized with various aspects of a news story, ranging from headlines to its various other constituents. After the basic structures, students will be introduced to various types of news stories and articles, ranging from political news, diplomatic news, to military news. Editorials and columns will also be included in the readings. To encourage students to learn more on their own, bonus points will be given to those who transcribe taped newscasts. 

T1059 International Political Economy (0/2): The course covers topics like international production, international trade, international finance, the impact of international economy on countries’ domestic politics, international organizations, multinational corporations, dependency theory, foreign aid, economic statecraft, etc. The course will use an anthology of papers to familiarize students with these topics. A basic understanding of IPE is essential to furthering student’s research on strategies. No background in international economics is required. The instructor will explain the various concepts used in international economics. 

 

T1136 History of Western Strategic Thoughts (0/3): This course aims to introduce the western strategic thought and theory from ancient Greek era to modern era. There are two study approaches included as follows: 1) the vertical historical development, where students realize the developed logic and essence of the western strategic thought and theory; 2) the horizontal study of selected strategic writings to inspire current strategic theory. Ultimately speaking, it will cultivate students’ capability of strategic thinking and strategic analysis is the further purpose. 

 

T1571 Research Methods for Social Science (0/3): The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of major research approaches and methods of social sciences. Students will be required to complete a research project. 

T2003 Asia-Pacific Security Strategy (0/3): The course aims to analyze the strategic situation in the Asia Pacific region. It will explore the general strategic situation in the region, the major countries’ regional security strategy, including the United States, China, Japan, Taiwan, North and South Koreas, and ASEAN, and their strategic interactions. 

T2416 Study of Military Politics (0/2): A study of the involvement of the world’s military forces in domestic politics, government, and policy making. Seminar topics include but are not limited to the followings: a historical perspective on the armed forces; social and international impact of military activities; civil-military relations; mechanisms of civilian control of the military; armed forces as interest groups; military interventions; military government; and military performance in government; CBMs; and MOOTW.

T2592 Studies on Globalization (0/3): The main purpose of this course is to analyze different aspects of Globalization development, i.e. political, economic, military, social and cultural dimensions. Besides, it will explore from a security perspective how to understand the implications from traditional and non-traditional security threats toward globalization. First, it will identify the core concepts of globalization, related international relations theories and research approaches. Second, it will analyze different security situations under diversity globalization. Finally, it will integrate a situation including not only theoretical, but also practical outcomes under globalization.



Successful completion of 32 credits of courses .
Students are also required to submit a written master's thesis completed under the supervision of a faculty member and pass an Oral Examination.

1. Length of Study: 2 to 4 years (4 semesters to 8 semesters)

2. Prescribed Credits for Master Degree: 32 credits .

3. If you want to take other institutes’ or colleges’ credits, we can count 6 (elective course) credits at most in the prescribed.

4. If you take other colleges’ credits which are taught by our institute professors, these can be counted in the prescribed credits. (elective course)

5. Foreign students are allowed to take courses within "The International faculty", but ONLY the courses that is taught in English. Chinese courses outside this institute can only take 6 credits at most in total, and those 6 credits are included in 32 credits.

6. Thesis Procedures:

Find an advisor -> Deliver the proposal of thesis -> Pass the comprehensive exam -> Apply and schedule the final oral exam in defense of thesis -> Pass the final oral exam in defense of thesis

(1) In the 3rd semester, students have to find an advisor to consul your thesis, deliver the proposal of thesis and pass the comprehensive exam.

(2) In the end of the 3rd semester, students should have acquired 36 credits.

(3) In the 4th semester, students have to apply and schedule the oral examination for your thesis.

(4) The oral defense will be held in June or Jan.

7. For those who take the Chinese courses (which will be included into total credits), please DO attend those classes, otherwise "Taiwan scholarship applicants" will be affected.

8. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the office. We will do our best to help you.

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