The main theme of this course is to offer a framework, by way of lectures and discussions among the participants, for critically examine policy issues of our time in the East Asian context. The participants do not need to be Asia "specialists," but are expected to be strongly committed to revising their "conventional" thinkings on policy matters such as pandemics, the environmental issues, regional integration and the like.
For those who are new to the field of Asian studies, we recommend to start with the annual World Bank Report, available (PDF) through Internet. Check the World Bank website. Our suggestion is that you familiarize yourself with all sorts "statitistical" representations of East Asia. Of course, each annual report comes with the substantial text comments.
第2回 Asia as a History: Viewed from North and Southeast Asia
第3回 Asian Security Regime
第4回 Asian Conflict: A view from Korea
第5回 Beyond Major and Minor Powers
第6回 Transformation of A Nation: The Case of Thailand
第7回 Transformation of Rural Asia
第8回 Transforming Rural Population: the case of China
第9回 HIV: a Curse of the Century?
第10回 A Human Security Perspective
第11回 Environment Counts
第13回 Asia as one or Asia as many
Given the novelty of this joint "distant-learning" course, many of the "requirements" for the credit hing upon the size of student participation. Minimum requirement, however, is a final 5-page essay which reflects the participant’s grasp of the lectures and the changing awareness of where Asia is in your his/her mind before and after the major portion of the lecture series.
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