This 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 connects Keio University and Kyoto University through a distant conferencing system. By connecting the two campuses, the workshop enriches the human resources to be exploited for offering more diverse lectures on various issues in Asia. This year, the responsibility for selecting the topics and lectures goes to Kyoto University. This is also a "workshop," meaning that the lectures are meant to stimulate your interests in Asia and to give a broader perspective for your interests.
This year, the course consists of three major parts: one, the ways (some of which are unusual) by which to capture “Asia,”; two, the examination of the Asian theater where "democratization" is going through its new phase; and three, the observation of Asian "life" under the pressures of global warming and other fundamental changes in its environment.
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 (and topics).
We will provide online the basic readings, to be announced later. We do encourage the students to familialize themselves with the use of JSTOR (a massive online library of journal essays from more than 500 English academic journals over the past 70 years.)
Unlike a regular lecture course, the workshop demands the students to be actively involved in all phases of its progress. Here as an introduction to Asian studies, we offer ways by which to capture the issues in Asian theater.
(This is offered only to Keio students as Kyoto University's first week won't start till the following week.)
第2回 Orientation: Mechanism of how the
We'll outline how the twin-campus workshop works.
第3回 Orientation: the fundamentals of Research
Reach in Practice and the necessary skills and "thinking"
第4回 On globalization and regional economy 1: specifics TBA
第5回 On globalization and regional economy 2: specifics TBA
Free Trade Regime
第6回 On globalization and regional economy 3: specifics TBA
第7回 Asian Theatre in Cross-Border Problems 1: specifics TBA
Health issues for non-medical people
第8回 Interim Discussion: Give us ideas as to where your thinking is
We'll introduce some of the ideas of the students who have wet their appetite for more after a half of the semester. We ask 2 to 3 students from each of Keio and Kyoto to tell us what they plan to submit as the final product (assignment) for the workshop.
第9回 Asian Theatre in Cross-Border Problems 2: specifics TBA
Part of Global warming problems, we call attention to the worsening problem of de-forestation
第10回 Asian Theatre in Cross-Border Problems 3: specifics TBA
We have macro-level problems that we can capture at a macro-level observation
第11回 Asian Theatre in Cross-Border Problems 4: specifics TBA
Is Islamic economy peripheral to or an integral part of Asia?
第12回 Cases 1: specifics TBA
As Asian economy has been undergoing radial and fundamental changes, the necessity has become even more acute to capture how these changes have effects on the fundamental units of life: family and gender relationship.
第13回 Cases 3: specifics TBA
Pandemics are both medical and epidemic (reads -- human relationship) issues. Asia has been known both to host some of serious pandemics and to contain and solve them.
第14回 A wrap-up session
We will ask a few of the students to exhibit their final products (the products ready for the final finishing touch.)
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
Also, some of the students will be asked to offer a brief presentation of final product
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.