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Sociopolitical Trends in the Countries of Specialization

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
5-й курс, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


Frist, the course will focus on the formation and evolution of the political regimes in these countries, their political actors: major state structures, as well as political parties and civil society. Students will learn about political culture and discuss role of ideology. Moreover, the course will introduce students to forms and drivers of social movements and protests in the regions. The final part of the course looks into several policy areas – ethnic, socio-economic and educations policies. On the seminars students will discuss relevant literature on the topic and take short tests, based on the discussion. The exam will be in a form of test with 20 questions of different type (open, multiple choice etc.).
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

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

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to take into account the cultural specificity characteristic of the countries of the studied region in their practical and research activities.
  • Learn to understand and analyze socially and personally significant problems and processes occurring in society.
  • Learn to use the conceptual apparatus of scientific research, critically analyze the information.
  • Learn to work with information: find, evaluate, systematize and use information necessary for solving scientific and professional problems from various sources, (on the basis of a systematic approach).
  • Learn to communicate in English on professional topics, participate in in-class discussions.
  • Learn to prepare explanatory notes in their professional field.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Online course
  • Lecture 1. Introduction. Political regimes and economic development in East and Southeast Asia.
  • Lecture 2. Political systems and socio-political process in Turkey and Iran.
  • Lecture 3. Major State Political Institutions and the Role of CCP in PRC.
  • Lecture 4. Political systems and socio-political process in Arab states (Gulf states and Egypt).
  • Lecture 5. Civil Society in East Asia.
  • Lecture 6. Political systems and socio-political process in Arab states (Syria, Iraq) and Afghanistan.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Online-course test
    10 questions of different format, 20 minutes.
  • non-blocking Test on literature
    5 questions of different format, 10 minutes.
  • non-blocking Exam
    The final exam will take the form of test (20 questions of different types, 30 minutes), based on the materials of the lectures, seminars, literature and online-course.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.3 * Online-course test + 0.4 * Test on literature + 0.3 * Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Best, H., Higley, J., & Cotta, M. (2018). The Palgrave Handbook of Political Elites. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1357763
  • Charlton, S. E. M. (2015). Comparing Asian Politics : India, China, and Japan (Vol. Fourth edition). Boulder, CO: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=983968
  • Marlies Glasius, David Lewis, & Hakan Seckinelgin. (2004). Exploring Civil Society : Political and Cultural Contexts. Routledge.
  • Roger Goodman, Huck-Ju Kwon, & Gordon White. (1998). The East Asian Welfare Model : Welfare Orientalism and the State. Routledge.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • HU, A. (2016). Half the Sky, But Not Yet Equal China’s Feminist Movement. Harvard International Review, 37(3), 15–18.
  • KING, G., PAN, J., & ROBERTS, M. E. (2013). How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0003055413000014
  • Krauss, E. S. . (DE-588)171147138, (DE-627)061318272, (DE-576)16182062X, aut. (2010). The rise and fall of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party Ellis S. Krauss and Robert J. Pekkanen.
  • Lee, A., & Chin, M. (2007). The Women’s Movement in South Korea. Social Science Quarterly (Wiley-Blackwell), 88(5), 1205–1226. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6237.2007.00499.x
  • Lombardi, C. B. . (DE-588)131507486, (DE-627)509845088, (DE-576)298552418, aut. (2006). Do constitutions requiring adherence to shari’a threaten human rights? How Egypt’s constitutional court reconciles Islamic law with the liberal rule of law Clark B. Lombardi and Nathan J. Brown.
  • Reilly, B. (2007). Democratization and Electoral Reform in the Asia-Pacific: Is There an Asian Model of Democracy? Conference Papers —— American Political Science Association, 1–33.
  • Sharia incorporated a comparative overview of the legal systems of twelve Muslim countries in past and present ed. Jan Michiel Otto. (2010).
  • Wael B. Hallaq. (2012). The Impossible State : Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament. Columbia University Press.