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Course Summary (Syllabus)

ASIA WORKSHOP (Michio Umegaki,Keiko Okawa,Vu Le Thao Chi

    Semester : 2014 Fall
    Code : C1100 / 2 Credits

1. Objectives/Teaching method

    The workshop walks you through the complex network of policy issues, which gives the impression at once of Asia as a divided region and of Asia as a uniquely harmonious region. To capture Asia as such, the workshop also offers an idea of how to go about examining it.
    The workshop thus consists of three major parts: one, ways (some of which are unusual) by which to capture “Asia,”; two, the examination of efforts at sustaining regional harmony against trends toward dividing it; and three, the observation of the efforts to solve the problems whose origins – where they start – matter less than who are affected by them.
    Given the nature of the topics, we invite not only academics as speakers but also the practitioners of many stripes. (Having practitioners as guest speakers makes the scheduling a somewhat haphazard chore, and therefore we also would like to ask your tolerance to possible last-minute changes in the invited speakers.

2. Materials/Reading List

    We will provide online the basic readings, to be announced later. We do encourage the students to familialize themselves with the use of JSTOR


    #1 Orientation
    Unlike a regular lecture course, the workshop demands the
    students to be actively involved in all phases of its progress.
    Thus, the first meeting will be given for the orientation

    #2 Introduction: Harmony and Discord in Asia
    Complexity of interdpendent Asia

    #3 Introduction: Borders don't matter
    The discrepancy between the origins of problems and the sites where the "victims" are; local initiatives to solve the problems over the national and/or international policy coordination

    #4 Introduction: Asia in a "big data"
    Okawa and others will walk us through an emerging field of network-aided
    research practices, which may forever change the way we
    "construct" Asia from the existing mode of inquiry.

    #5 Introduction: Asia in a micro perspective
    Buried in a "big data" or captured through a casual observation, "life" as lived contains so much to explore. How?

    #6 Harmony and Discord: ASEAN, a future in present?
    Close examination of the regional organization's performance

    #7 Harmony and Discord: Territroial issues, a tremor in the harmnony
    Examine closely how the territorial issues are panning out.

    #8 Harmony and Discord: Historical legacies
    How the historical legacies have survived dividing and/orglueing the region together?

    #9 Harmony and Discord: Human beings are innovative
    Soft power -- an often-neglected perspectve on the sources that keep theregion together

    #10 Borders Don't Matter:
    Disaster-relie fefforts are at once disaster-prevention steps. Local initiatives are far more innovative than often rigid-national efforts.

    #11 Borders Don't Matter: A case of Mt Merapi in Indonesia
    how therelief officials at the site of disaster struggles with the government above and people below

    #12 Borders Don't Matter: Energy
    The problems of energy security offer both threats to life and opportunities for innovative life

    #13 Borders Don't Matter: Pandemics
    Discrepancy between the origins and consequences of the "problem."

    #14 A wrap-up sessions
    review the progress in the final assignment

4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.

    Students will have a choice from below to pursue the final requirement:
    1.A short essay (more than 5 but less than 8-page essay + relevant bibliography
    2.A Collage of still-photos + a more than 2 but less than 4-page annotation of the collage
    3.A 5-minutes video + a more than 2 but less than 4-page annotation of the video

5. Special Note

    Though conducted in English, the instructors of the workshop are willing to assist the students who may have the language difficulties keeping up with the workshop.

6. Prerequisit / Related courses


7. Conditions to take this course


8. Relation with past courses


9. Course URL

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