Politics, Elites and Governance in Asia
- To give students an overview of the political development of Asia with a focus on China, Japan, the ROK, the DPRK and Vietnam.
- To develop students' skills in application of theoretical models to the analysis of political processes in China, Japan, the ROK, the DPRK and Vietnam.
- Knows the typical features of policy process in China, role of society and local governments in this process.
- Applies the concepts of civil society and political participations to the analysis of socio-political processes in China.
- Gives examples of collective actions and protests in China.
- Knows how social media is used in China for political purposes both by political elites and netizens.
- Describes structure of political system in Japan, the ROK and the DPRK, key state (government, legislature, judiciary) and party institutions and their functions.
- Knows major facts about Japanese, the ROK’s and the DPRK’s political elites: characteristics and types, key strategies for success.
- Know the typical features of the policy process in Japan and the ROK, role of society (NGOs, Neighbourhood association, volunteers groups etc.) and local governments in this process.
- Applies the concepts of civil society and political participations to the analysis of socio-political processes in Japan.
- Gives examples of collective actions and protests in Japan and the ROK.
- Trace the evolution of Japanese political elites' opinion and Japanese society opinion regarding the need to revise the Constitution.
- Know current socio-economic problems in the ROK and Japan, their similarities and characteristics.
- Describes structure of political system in China and Vietnam, key state (government, legislature, judiciary) and party institutions and their functions.
- Knows major facts about Chinese and Vietnamese political elites: characteristics and types, selection, key strategies for success.
- Traces evolution of China’s economic policy.
- Part 1. Democratic states in East Asia: the ROK and Japan
- Part 2. Socialist states in East Asia: the DPRK, the PRC and Vietnam
- ExamThe exam is a written test, which has 20 questions of different types: multiple choice, questions with open answers, etc. The students have 60 minutes to complete the test.
- In-class participationLecturer evaluates students’ progress, including comprehension of lecture materials and assigned readings, as well as contribution to discussions. The component is calculated as an average grade achieved on all seminars.
- NewsletterOne time per course the students have to prepare a newsletter. For a newsletter, they have to select 7-10 important events that have happened in different East Asian countries during one week (particular attention should be paid to China, Japan, South Korea, DPRK and Vietnam). For each event, students should 1) provide a title, 2) insert a photo (with information about its origins), 3) briefly describe what has happened, explain the background of this event, comment on its implications and importance, select 2-3 keywords 4) provide links to web-pages, journal articles or books which have further information on this topic. Information about each event should be 150-300 words. The students have to sign up for this assignment during week 1 of the course. This assignment is done in pairs or in groups depending on the number of students. Each group is responsible for covering events of one week and the newsletter should be sent to all students and lecturers on Monday after that week. Delay by one day results in minus one point.
- William A. Joseph. (2014). Politics in China : An Introduction, Second Edition: Vol. Second edition. Oxford University Press.
- Heilmann, S. (2008). From Local Experiments to National Policy: The Origins of China’s Distinctive Policy Process. China Journal, 59, 1–30. https://doi.org/10.1086/tcj.59.20066378
- Heilmann, S. (2008). Policy Experimentation in China’s Economic Rise. Studies in Comparative International Development, 43(1), 1–26. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12116-007-9014-4
- Kim, S. S. (2006). The Two Koreas and the Great Powers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=167869
- Lieberthal, K., Li, C., & Yu, K. (2014). China’s Political Development : Chinese and American Perspectives. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=749054