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National Identity, Social and Political Development in Asia

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is intended for students majoring in Master’s Programme “Business and Politics in Modern Asia”, who are eager to deep in sociocultural peculiarities of interaction between politics and culture. The course examines the problem of Asian countries identity (China, Vietnam, Japan), the issues of East Asian identities typologization, the civilizational specifics of Asian countries and its impact on all aspects of social and political life, the main aspects of Asian national identity formation in the context of a globalized world.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main aim of the course is to introduce students to a phenomenon of contemporary Asian societies and identities (based on specific values, beliefs, traditions) and to provide students with basic theoretical and practical skills in analysis and conducting research in socio-political and socio-cultural spheres.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Understand and analyze sociocultural problems and processes occurring in Asian societies.
  • Use the conceptual apparatus of scientific research, critically analyze the information.
  • 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).
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Online course
  • Lecture 1. Introduction. National identity and its influence on sociopolitical development.
  • Lecture 2. China's search for national identity: past, present and future.
  • Lecture 3. Cultural identity and traditional cultural values: the case of China.
  • Lecture 4. China’s national identity in a globalized world.
  • Lecture 5. Cultural identity, religion and traditional cultural values: the case of Vietnam.
  • Lecture 6. ‘Children of the dragon and grandchildren of the fairy’: constructing identity in Vietnam.
  • Lecture 7. Emperor of Japan: history of cult and recent changes.
  • Lecture 8. Russia and the West in Japanese identity.
  • Lecture 9. Traditional family patterns and its influence in contemporary Japan.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation № 1
    Depending on the number of students, presentations will be conducted in groups by 2-4 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 recent information on the topic of their presentation. The report begins with the presentation of the topic/abstract/objectives to the audience and ends with conclusions and a list of references. 1. Content of the report - corresponds to the stated topic, fully reveals the topic; - should be made in an academic language; - reporter should present logical and convincing argumentation, complete and reasoned answers to the questions; - lack of factual errors; - reporter should understand the main terms of the report, if necessary – explain their meaning to the audience; - appropriate conclusions to the stated objectives. 2. Presentation design - the presence of illustrative material (maps, diagrams, tables, photos) with an indication of the source; - a list of sources, drawn up in accordance with the requirements. 3. Speech - it is not allowed to read in advance prepared text on any medium; - the roles of the participants are evenly distributed; - compliance with the time limit (20 minutes). NOTE that the highest grade (10) implies the involvement of the audience in the discussion.
  • non-blocking Presentation №2
    Depending on the number of students, presentations will be conducted in groups by 2-4 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 recent information on the topic of their presentation. The report begins with the presentation of the topic/abstract/objectives to the audience and ends with conclusions and a list of references. 1. Content of the report - corresponds to the stated topic, fully reveals the topic; - should be made in an academic language; - reporter should present logical and convincing argumentation, complete and reasoned answers to the questions; - lack of factual errors; - reporter should understand the main terms of the report, if necessary – explain their meaning to the audience; - appropriate conclusions to the stated objectives. 2. Presentation design - the presence of illustrative material (maps, diagrams, tables, photos) with an indication of the source; - a list of sources, drawn up in accordance with the requirements. 3. Speech - it is not allowed to read in advance prepared text on any medium; - the roles of the participants are evenly distributed; - compliance with the time limit (20 minutes). NOTE that the highest grade (10) implies the involvement of the audience in the discussion.
  • non-blocking Written exam
    The exam for the course will be held in the test format on the LMS platform, includes 30 questions. Regulations: quiz = 1 minute, fill the gaps = 2 minutes, open-ended = 3 minutes. Updating the answer is not allowed.
  • non-blocking On-line test (MOOC)
    Students should complete the on-line course “Religions and Society in China” and pass the test using their corporate mail no later than 14 days before the start of the exam. Link to the course https://www.coursera.org/learn/religions-society-china#syllabus.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.1 * On-line test (MOOC) + 0.2 * Presentation № 1 + 0.2 * Presentation №2 + 0.5 * Written exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Hamid, M. E. B. A. (2006). Understanding the Cham Identity in Mainland Southeast Asia: Contending Views. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 21(2), 230–253. https://doi.org/10.1355/sj21-2e
  • Ming Dong Gu. (2018). Why Traditional Chinese Philosophy Still Matters : The Relevance of Ancient Wisdom for the Global Age. Routledge.
  • Pan, C. (2015). Understanding Chinese Identity in International Relations: A Critique of Western Approaches. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B31BB10D

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. Asian Journal of Political Science, 27(1), 108–126. 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