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National Identity, Social and Political Development in Asia

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


The course will examine the problem of Asian cultural identity, the issues of typologization of East Asian identities, the civilizational specifics of countries and its impact on all aspects of social and political life, the main aspects of cultural and humanitarian interaction between Asian countries and their place in global cross-cultural exchanges.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Provide students with the knowledge of the Asian national identity phenomenon (its role and place in sociopolitical development of the country).
  • Provide students with the knowledge of methodological tools and their applications to the analysis of general problems in the context of national identity in Asia.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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).
  • Communicate in English on professional topics, related to the sociocultural specifics of Asian countries.
  • Prepare scientific and analytical reports, reviews, presentations, information briefs and explanatory notes in their professional field, related to the sociocultural specifics of Asian countries.
  • Take into account the cultural specificity characteristic of the countries of the studied region in their practical and research activities.
  • Use the conceptual apparatus of scientific research, critically analyze the information.
  • Understand and analyze sociocultural problems and processes occurring in Asian societies.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Lecture 1. Introduction. National identity and its influence on sociopolitical development.
    Seminar 1. Chinese national identity and its implications for international relations.
  • Lecture 2. China's search for national identity: past, present and future.
    Seminar 2. Taiwan's identity in formation.
  • Lecture 3. Cultural identity and traditional cultural values: the case of China.
    Seminar 3. Confucianism contribution to resolving conflicts of cultural identities.
  • Lecture 4. China’s national identity in a globalized world.
    Seminar 4. The rise of China’s national identity in the context of globalization.
  • Lecture 5. ‘Children of the dragon and grandchildren of the fairy’: constructing identity in Vietnam.
    Seminar 5: Minorities and national identity in Vietnam.
  • Lecture 6. Cultural identity, religion and traditional cultural values: the case of Vietnam
    Seminar 6: Intangible cultural heritage of humanity in Vietnam and its’ place in constructing of identity.
  • Lecture 7. Emperor of Japan: history of cult and recent changes.
    Seminar 7. Religion and secularism in contemporary Japan.
  • Lecture 8. Russia and the West in Japanese identity.
    Seminar 8. Reflection of war and peace in contemporary Japan.
  • Lecture 9. Traditional family patterns and its influence in contemporary Japan.
    Seminar 9. Ideas of Japan’s uniqueness: from kokugaku to nihonjinron.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation № 1
  • non-blocking Presentation №2
  • non-blocking Written exam
    The final exam will take the form of a written test with multiple choice questions, true/false, fill-in-the-blanks, etc types of questions.
  • non-blocking Written assignment (news digest)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Presentation № 1 + 0.2 * Presentation №2 + 0.1 * Written assignment (news digest) + 0.5 * Written exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Chan Kwok Bun, & Dorais, L.-J. (1998). Family, Identity, and the Vietnamese Diaspora: The Quebec Experience. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 13(2), 285–308. https://doi.org/10.1355/SJ13-2F

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Nuyen, A. T. (2003). Confucianism, Globalisation and the Idea of Universalism. Asian Philosophy, 13(2/3), 75–86. https://doi.org/10.1080/0955236032000162727
  • Tamaki, T. (2019). Repackaging national identity: Cool Japan and the resilience of Japanese identity narratives. https://doi.org/10.1080/02185377.2019.1594323
  • Yu, F.-L. T., & Kwan, D. S. M. (2008). Social construction of national identity: Taiwanese versus Chinese consciousness. Social Identities, 14(1), 33–52. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630701848515