Government and Politics in East Asian Countries
- To familiarize students with the specifics of the political development of the East Asian states after the end of the Second World War
- To introduce students the most important political actors in selected countries (China, Japan, ROK, DPRK, Vietnam): major state institutions, as well as political parties, political elites, civil society and mass media.
- To give students information about forms and drivers of social movements and protests in East Asia.
- Works with information about political development of East Asian states: finds, evaluates, systematizes and uses information necessary for solving scientific and professional problems from various sources
- Communicates in English on topics related to political processes in East Asia, knows proper terminology
- Prepares scientific and analytical reports, reviews, presentations, information briefs and explanatory notes on the topic of political development and governance in East Asia
- Takes into account the cultural specificity characteristic of East Asia countries in his/her practical and research activities
- Uses the conceptual apparatus of political science, critically analyses the information on political processes in East Asia
- Understands and analyses significant social and political problems and processes occurring in East Asia societies
- Part 1. Introduction to East Asian PoliticsLecture 1. Introduction. Political Regimes and Democratization in East and Southeast Asia.
- Part 2. Communist states in East Asia: China, Vietnam and the DPRKLecture 2: Major State Political Institutions in the PRC and the SRV. Seminar 1. Communist Parties in China and Vietnam. Presentation topics: 1. Evolution, types and role of political elite within the Communist party of China. 2. The Communist Party of Vietnam: history, structure and resilience.
- Part 2. Communist states in East Asia: China, Vietnam and the DPRKLecture 3: Civil Society in the PRC. Seminar 2: Protests in the PRC. Presentation topics: 1) Labor protests in the PRC. 2) From Umbrella revolution to 2019 anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong.
- Part 2. Communist states in East Asia: China, Vietnam and the DPRKLecture 4: Ideology in the modern PRC. 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. Seminar 3: Socio-economic problems and government policies in the PRC. Presentation topics: 1) Corruption in the PRC: reasons, effects and anti-corruption campaign under Xi Jinping. 2) Income and rural-urban inequality in China: reasons, effects and government’s response.
- Part 2. Communist states in East Asia: China, Vietnam and the DPRKLecture 5: Ethnic policy in the PRC. Evolution of ethnic policy in China from imperial times till today. Legislative framework of the ethnic policy. Three pillars of the Chinese ethnic policy. Major results of the ethnic policy and existing challenges. Seminar 4: Governing China’s Society. Presentation topics: 1) Social credit system. 2) Media censorship in China.
- Part 2. Communist states in East Asia: China, Vietnam and the DPRKLecture 6. State building process in the DPRK. The northern part of the Korean Peninsula after liberation from Japanese colonial rule. National movements and leaders against Communist influence of the USSR and China. Kim Il Sung rise.
- Part 3. Democratic states in Northeast Asia: the ROK and JapanLecture 7. Japanese Empire rise and fall. Japan political development after WWII. Development of The Empire of Japan from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the enactment of the 1947 Constitution of modern Japan. Political development after the WWII. The first postwar elections in 1948. Seminar 5. Development of civil society in Japan. Presentation topics: 1. NGOs in Japan. 2. Religion and civil society in Japan.
- Part 3. Democratic states in Northeast Asia: the ROK and JapanLecture 8. State building process in the ROK. South Korea as a three miracle state – the miracles of security, economy, and democratization. Re-building of the war-torn, poverty-stricken country into a modern state in a single generation under the most trying circumstances including continual confrontation with the Communist North. Seminar 6. Development of civil society in the ROK. Required reading: Presentation topics: 1. Church and society in the ROK. 2. NGO in the ROK. Seminar 7. Current socio-economic problems in the ROK and Japan. Presentation topics: 1. Cooling down of economy and China’s regional hegemony: challenge or opportunity? 2. Ageing population and low birth rate: restructurization of society?
- Part 4. Political development in the Southeast AsiaSeminar 8. Political development in the Southeast Asia. Presentation topics: 1. Failure of democracy in post-colonial era in SEA. 2. Role of monarchy in SEA countries in post-colonial era.
- PresentationDepending 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.
- In-class participation (oral and written)Lecturers evaluate students progress, including assigned readings comprehension and contribution to discussions. Evaluations are based on oral Q&A sessions and written tests. The component is calculated as an average grade achieved on all seminars. Accumulative marks (min – 0, max – 10) for the participation in class discussions are released at the end of the course (before the final assessment takes place). If a student is not able to attend the seminar due to illness or any other legitimate reason (relevant document should be provided), he/she is not graded for that seminar. In all other cases students are graded with 0 for the seminar they have missed.
- Online courseStudents have to self-study an online course and take online tests at Coursera platform. It is possible to choose from two online courses: 1) Chinese Politics Part 1 – China and Political Science https://www.coursera.org/learn/chinesepolitics1; 2) Understanding Korean Politics https://www.coursera.org/learn/understanding-korean-politics.
- ExamThe final exam is a written test with 20 questions of different types. Exam duration is 1 hour.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.4 * Exam + 0.2 * In-class participation (oral and written) + 0.2 * Online course + 0.2 * Presentation
- Diamond, L., & Shin, G.-W. (2014). New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=713462
- Li, C. (2016). Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era : Reassessing Collective Leadership. Washington: Brookings Institution Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1001080
- Manfred Elfstrom, & Sarosh Kuruvilla. (2014). The Changing Nature of Labor Unrest in China. ILR Review, (2), 453. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.sae.ilrrev.v67y2014i2p453.480
- Tai, J. W. (2014). Building Civil Society in Authoritarian China : Importance of Leadership Connections for Establishing Effective Nongovernmental Organizations in a Non-Democracy. Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=838736