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Statecraft and Grand Strategy - JPM814
Anglický název: Statecraft and Grand Strategy
Zajišťuje: Katedra bezpečnostních studií (23-KBS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Dr. Irena Kalhousová
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (04.10.2021)
Lecturer: Dr. Rob Geist Pinfold (Hebrew University Jerusalem/King's College London)
Email: Robert.pinfold@kcl.ac.uk

- Intro Class via Zoom Monday 11 October, at 4PM CET.
- 5 in-class or via Zoom lectures
6.12./11.00 - 13.50/2x/ room 315
7.12./15.30 - 16.50/1x/room 312
8.12./17.00 - 19.50/2x/room 313

Zoom link:https://cuni-cz.zoom.us/j/94983933153

Reading and Online Assignments are available in Moodle.
Moodle Link: https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=4191

Participation in all classes is mandatory.

Grand strategy is in vogue, in both academic and in policy circles. In the scholarly world, centres for the study of grand strategy are multiplying. Commentators and academics frequently debate how and if states should pursue a ‘grand strategy’, whilst businesses and nations alike prioritise thinking ‘strategically’. But what does ‘grand strategy’ actually entail? How is grand strategy helpful? How is it difficult to implement? Understanding and explaining these vital concepts are therefore useful in the world of business, politics and academia alike. Grand strategy is all about how a state defines its goals and how it allocates resources to pursue them. Grand strategy is therefore inherently ‘big picture’ and focuses on the long-term advancement of the national interest, by employing multiple and diverse tools of statecraft to pursue a delineated objective. Thus, this course covers diverse tools and forms of statecraft – spanning warfare, diplomacy and more – and measures their effectiveness.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (13.09.2021)

If you are interested in the study of strategy and how states define and pursue their goals, then this course is for you. Whilst examining theoretical and academic approaches to grand strategy and statecraft, this module will also focus on understanding the challenges faced by leaders worldwide. This course will equip students with the tools to examine whether diplomacy is effective, whether war remains a useful instrument of policy and how globalisation and ‘soft power’ have affected statecraft, amongst other questions. This course will be particularly useful for students intent on pursuing a career in policy, the third sector, or academia. Students taking this course will gain a clear understanding of the following key questions:


·         What is grand strategy?

·         How do grand strategies help states achieve their goals?

·         How do academics and practitioners perceive, debate and evaluate grand strategy?

·         How have states’ grand strategies and tools of statecraft evolved historically?

·         Is statecraft and grand strategy changing in the contemporary world?

·         What tools of statecraft are most effective for advancing grand strategies and when? 

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (13.09.2021)

Students will be evaluated in three key areas: (a) their attendance; (b) their completion of the course’s online requirements; and (c) their submission of one essay.

(A) Attendance will count towards 10% of your final grade and can be easily achieved by coming to every lecture. Each lecture will last around 50-60 minutes, with time for discussions and questions at the end. Though students are encouraged to speak in the post-lecture discussions, this is not mandatory; participation will be graded on a pass or fail basis.

(B) Online participation will count towards 30% of your final grade. Participation requires each student to fill out two quizzes and then assess an article.

After the introductory zoom lecture, students will be given two quizzes on the reading.

Subsequently, students should read the following article:  

·         Nina Silove. 2017. ‘Beyond the Buzzword: The Three Meanings of Grand Strategy’. Security Studies 27:1. pp. 27-57.


They are then required to assess the article. The student should identify and justify which (if any) of Silove’s three ‘meanings’ of grand strategy best explains the concept in their opinion.  Students should then upload their assessment to Moodle.


Each assessment should be no more than 500 words and no less than 400. You are not required to reference other articles and do not need to provide a bibliography. The assessments will each be graded on a pass or fail basis. The submission deadline will be uploaded to Moodle.

(C) Each student will submit a 1500-word essay, which will count for 60% of their final grade. Students may choose from the five questions below:

·         How do scholars frame grand strategy differently?  

·         What are the problems with implementing grand strategy?

·         How has grand strategy augmented statecraft in history?

·         Is grand strategy now an obsolete concept in statecraft?


Do not deviate from these essay titles by choosing or inventing your own. An office hour will be provided during the course’s lecture week, for any questions about the essays.


Essays may deviate from the word count by 10%; any more or less will incur a grade deduction. References are included in the word count, bibliographies and title pages are not. The essay deadline date and further information will be uploaded to this course’s Moodle page. The essay will be graded according to the scale below:


·         91% and more: A (excellent performance; the student has shown originality and displayed an exceptional grasp of the material and a deep analytical understanding)

·         81-90%: B (very good performance; the student has mastered the material, understands the subject well and has shown some originality of thought and/or considerable effort)

·         71-80%: C (fair performance; the student has acquired an acceptable understanding of the material and essential subject matter of the course, but has not succeeded in translating this understanding into consistently creative or original work)

·         70% and lower: D (the student has barely succeeded in mastering the subject matter)

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (11.09.2020)

More in the syllabus.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Dr. Irena Kalhousová (04.10.2021)

Lectures and Seminars

Lectures and Seminars will take place via Zoom (the intro class) and in-class or viz Zoom (in December)

Reading and assignments are available in Moodle.

Zoom link: https://cuni-cz.zoom.us/j/94983933153

Moodle Link: https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=4191






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