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Course Summary (Syllabus)

ASIA WORKSHOP (Michio Umegaki,Keiko Okawa

    Semester : 2009 Fall
    Code : 90520 / 2 Credits

1. Objectives/Teaching method

    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.
    Active participation in the discussion following a lecture IS an integral part of this course.

2. Materials/Reading List

    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.


    #1 Orientation
    Four "architects" of this joint course will introduce the students to its overall goal, and the system of computer and human networks which supports it.

    #2 Asia as a History: Viewed from North and Southeast Asia
    "Asia" is not a natural whole, but is a complex of interactions of people culturally, politically, economically motivated. This section is meant to be a modest introduction to East Asia.

    #3 Asian Security Regime
    Following the introduction Session 2, we move into "Conflictual Dimension of East Asia." East Asia is one of the last which still sustains the legacies of the Cold War: a divided Korea, the transitional economis of China, Vietnam, and Laos. The region is also a frontier of something new: the non-traditional security issues such as human trafficking and others.

    #4 Asian Conflict: A view from Korea
    The one of the few remaining divided countries in Asia, the Korean perspective on conflict in Asia offers much to share with us.

    #5 Beyond Major and Minor Powers
    Regardless of the Asian Financial crisis, East Asia continues to draw the attentions of the major powers. Given the complexity of the power interaction, East Asia may be a unique region where major and minor power distinctions may mean much.

    #6 Transformation of A Nation: The Case of Thailand
    This part, Wealth or Health, shifts our perspective inwardly. Thailand, one of the East Asian Miracle of the 80s, has undergone a fundamental transformation of its economy beginning late in the 60s, while minimizing the divisive internal strife. This is a nation whose recent past offers a miniature of what the pursuit of wealth may accompany with it.

    #7 Transformation of Rural Asia
    Much of Asia still remains "rural." Yet, rural Asia is not immune to the radical transformation evident in urban Asia.

    #8 Transforming Rural Population: the case of China
    China is both rich and poor. China is both urban and rural. The people eyond the boundary of rich and poor, and of rual and poor, are transforming themselves in their own accord.

    #9 HIV: a Curse of the Century?
    East Asia contains some societies who have successfully dealt with the onslaught of HIV in the 80s and 90s, but as a whole is bracing itself against the second (or 3rd) wave of HIV pandemic.

    #10 A Human Security Perspective
    Final Part deals with a new perspective on the issues that touch upon the core of human life: safe and secure daily life and the means to insure them.

    #11 Environment Counts
    The environmental issues are that which require policy coordination beyond the national borders while the damages occur within each of national border.

    #12 ODA
    Contrary to the popular belief, ODA has never been a "carrot" offerred by the developed nations to make the developing nations do what they want. Asian financial crisis of 1997 and its aftermath also helped creat the environment for ODA-led initiatives to become far more locally-customized policy endeavour.

    #13 Asia as one or Asia as many
    Asia is a multi-layered complex where a large number of international and regional organizations intimately interact, bi-lateral and multi-lateral policy coordinations criss-cross all sorts of policy issues. Why not East Asian community, then?

4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.

    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.

5. Special Note


6. Prerequisit / Related courses


7. Conditions to take this course


8. Relation with past courses


9. Course URL

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