Doctoral Degree Programs

Successful completion of 30 credits of courses. Students have to pass qualifying examination and publish 2 theses in academic journals with an anonymous review system. Students are also required to submit a written doctoral dissertation completed under the supervision of a faculty member and pass an Oral Examination. 

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Ph.D. Program Course Descriptions 

T2879 Decision-making simulation and crisis management (3/0): The purpose of this course has two related contents, first, it analyzes essence of decision-making process, decision-making model and approach. Secondly, we analyze contents and essences of crisis management, and its research approach and methods, in order to realize the inter-connection between decision-making and crisis management. Finally, we apply computer simulation of decision-making model to let student understand theoretical and practical dimension of crisis management and decision-making process. 

T2877 Diplomay strategy and communication theory (3/0): The purpose of the subject is to construct the thinking and application of diplomatic strategy by the linkage of criticism method of Habermas and communication theory. In the Text, we also discuss the possibilities and their criticism for construct theory of Tamkang Strategic School.

T2878 Contemporary Strategic Issue (3/0):
This course is offered to provide graduate students with new and important concepts and thoughts related to future strategic studies, and foreign & defense policy issues 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.

T2880 Seminar on National Security and Intelligence (2/0): The purpose of this course is to analyse the international security environment under era of information. Since the challenges of national security is that so called "Fog of War", so that we must know the essence of international environment and its development. In order to fulfill this goal, this course invite many scholars who are the experts on international security and intelligence issues to let participants to understand how to elevate information and intelligence.

T2884 Strategic intelligence and international relations (3/0): The major purpose of this course is to assist the student in further understanding the course and development of international relations, through the use of theories and methods of strategic intelligence, especially in enhancing the quality of analysis and prediction of the course of international affairs. The success of strategic intelligence not only has to be built upon the basis of the role of intelligence collection, it also needs to focus on approach of intelligence analysis and perception of information processing.

T2713 Economic strategy and national security (3/0): Economic statecraft can impact national security. An initiating country can use trade, finance, monetary policies to buy off, cajole, threat, deter, compel, or sanction a target country to adopt foreign policy preferred by initiating country. Economic statecraft may be more effective than warfare, for it destroys less and still achieves the same intended results. Economic statecraft is not only about the state, but market and socio-political arrangements in both initiating country and target country. The course will explore how non-military capabilities are employed by modern great powers.

I0154 Comparative Natioanl Security Strategy And Policy Studies (3/0): This is an advanced course of national security theories and practice. First of all the course will provide important international theories regarding national security policy. Secondly, the course explores institution and mechanism of national security policy, including decision-making process and interaction among different national security systems. Finally, from comparative research approach the course will discuss difference in national security strategy and policy among important international powers, regional actors and institutions. 

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. 

0310  A Disquisition on Strategic Theory (3/0): This is an advanced course of Chinese and Western strategic theory and practice. The classical strategic theory will be the key research of Chinese strategic theory. Western strategic theories comprise those from the classical to the current, which will be explained through topic research. 

T0418 Seminar on Globalization (3/0): The seminar will provide a critical learning environment for graduate students to both deepen their interdisciplinary knowledge of “globalization” and think seriously about the ways in which intellectuals engage the Global South through development discourse. Also, students will augment their knowledge of the political, economic, social and cultural issues that faced ex-colonies after independence. Furthermore, students will enhance their capacities for critical thinking and develop sophisticated interpretations of development theories, perspectives, issues and policies.

T0964 Seminar on the UN and International Security (3/0): The course studies international organizations in history, theory and practice, in particular the United Nations (UN). We will discuss significant issues such as the failed experiment of the League of Nations, UN system of collective security, the principles and structure of the UN, UN activities in the areas of peaceful settlement of disputes, UN roles in disarmaments and arms control, and the assessment of UN peace operations.

T2712 Topical Strategic Issues in the 21st Century (3/0): 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. 

T0316 Non-traditional Security Studies (3/0): The main objective of this course is to explore the impacts and significance of the changing security environment, focusing on the non-traditional security issues such as terrorism, natural disasters and all other emergencies resulting from the course of climate change. 

I0006 Integration of IR and Strategic Studies (0/3):  While Strategic Studies constitutes a unique system of knowledge, it also has a close connection with International Relations. This course provides an integrated research approach as to develop its uniqueness under the same ceiling of International Relations, or offer some distinct perspectives from Strategic Studies for the students of International Relations. 

0068 A Disquisition on Strategy of Action (0/3): This is an advanced course of National Power and Strategy of Action. It’ll be conducted in two essential parts as follows: 1) Fundamental theories concepts of national, strategic decision-making, and strategy of action; 2) Case study of strategy of action from the ancient to the contemporary such as Qin’s unification strategy, Prussian unification strategy, China’s strategy of action for the South China sea, and America’s strategy for returning to Asia, etc. In short, this course is trying to make an advanced analysis for strategy of action based on theories and practices. 

P0072 China's foreign policy (3/0): China's rise is one of the most important development in current international politics. This course will address China's Foreign Policy from three perspectives. First, how China's decisions on war and peace impact international politics. Second, how China's domestic politics influences its foreign policy decisions. And thirdly, how China's foreign economic policy, an important component of foreign policy, works. All the reading assignments are in English. The course will emphasize on China in international politics, not on China's bilateral relations with other countries.

T0067 Social Science Research Methods (0/3):  In this course students are introduced to the basic concepts and techniques that are used in social science research. The course is divided into three sections, which cover social scientific inquiry and research design, quantitative data gathering and analysis, and qualitative data gathering and analysis, respectively. As a result of taking the course, students should be able to: (a) demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles and procedures of research methodology; and (b) critically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research studies. 

T0444 Issues on Chinese Military (0/3):  This course aims at analyzing some issues related to Chinese military development from multi- and theoretical perspectives, including civil-military, military and society, defence and economics, military innovation, interpretation on Chinese way of war, nuclear weapon doctrines, and decision making. 

T0797 Seminar on Economic System and Policy (0/3):  This course covers three general topics: how modern economic thoughts evolved, how economy is embedded in society and politics, and economic institutions. In other words, this course is about the ideas, interests, and institutions behind any economic problem and policy. Basic economics is not required. 

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