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Political Systems and Socio-Political Processes in East Asian and Southeast Asian States

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course will focus on the formation and evolution of the political regimes in PRC, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, the political actors in these countries: major state structures, as well as political parties and civil society. Students will learn about political culture of East Asian and Southeast Asian states and discuss role of ideology in contemporary China. Moreover, the course will introduce students to forms and drivers of social movements and protests in the above mentioned regions. The final part of the course looks into several policy areas – ethnic, socio-economic and educations policies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims at familiarizing students with the specifics of the political development of the East Asian and Southeast Asian states.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Work with information about political systems and political process in East and Southeast Asia: find, evaluate, systematize and use information necessary for solving scientific and professional problems from various sources, (on the basis of a systematic approach).
  • Communicate in English on professional topics related to politics and governance in East and Southeast Asia.
  • Prepare scientific and analytical reports, reviews, presentations, information briefs and explanatory notes in the field of political science and policy analysis.
  • Take into account the cultural specificity characteristic of East Asian and Southeast Asian countries in their practical and research activities.
  • Use the conceptual apparatus of political sience, critically analyse the information on political processes in East and Southeast Asia;.
  • Understand and analyse significant social and political problems and processes occurring in East Asian and Southeast Asian societies.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to East Asian politics
    Analytical approaches to East Asian politics. Evolution of political regimes in East and Southeast Asia after the end of the Cold war till nowadays. Drivers and paths to democratization. Authoritarian resilience.
  • Communist states in East Asia: the PRC, Vietnam and the DPRK
    Organization of political systems in China and Vietnam according to their respective constitutions and their latest revisions. National People's Congress, President, State Council and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference: their composition, functions, role in China's political system, etc. Provincial and local governments in China. National assembly, President and Government of Vietnam: composition, functions, role.
  • Democratic states in East Asia: the ROK and Japan
    Evolution of civil society in China from 1978 till today. Laws governing civil society in China. Different types of NGOs in China and their role. Civic activism, dissidents and protests.
  • Political development in Southeast Asia
    Role and functions of ideology in the PRC. Major institutions involved in production of ideology and propaganda. Ideology and legitimacy. Ideology and diversity of Chinese society.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation
    Depending on the number of students, presentations can be either individual or prepared in groups by 2-3 students. The time limit for presentation is 20 minutes and should not be exceeded. Students are expected to read literature recommended in the syllabus, as well as to search for extra sources, especially in order to get most up-to-date information on the topic of their presentation. If a student is not able to be present at the seminar due to illness or any other legitimate reason (relevant document should be provided), he/she should approach lecturers to be assigned with alternative task
  • non-blocking In-class participation (oral)
  • non-blocking Final exam
    The final exam is a written test with 20 questions of different types.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * Final exam + 0.2 * In-class participation (oral) + 0.4 * Presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Liu, Y., & Chen, D. (2012). Why China Will Democratize. Washington Quarterly, 35(1), 41. https://doi.org/10.1080/0163660X.2012.641918
  • Nguyen, H. H. aut. (2016). Resilience of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s authoritarian regime since Doi Moi Hai Hong Nguyen. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.488427886

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Abdulbaki, L. (2008). Democratisation in Indonesia: From Transition to Consolidation. Asian Journal of Political Science, 16(2), 151–172. https://doi.org/10.1080/02185370802204099
  • Lind, J. (2011). Democratization and Stability in East Asia. International Studies Quarterly, 55(2), 409–436. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00652.x