Courses during the first semester
ACEP31: Introduction to Asian Studies (6 credits)
The course provides a critical, comparative, interdisciplinary, and historiographically introduction to the study of Asian societies. It discusses methodological issues related to area studies in general and Asian Studies in particular.
The course provides an historical overview of the field of Asian Studies and introduces students to central concepts and approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities in relation to the study of Asian societies, paying particular attention to shifting contexts and contents related to forms of knowledge.
The course offers critical perspectives on Western studies and knowledge formation regarding Asia. The course further discusses and analyses new theories and approaches emanating from the study of Asian societies, including post-colonialism and subaltern theories, that both challenge and enrich Western Social Sciences. The course also introduces perspectives from postmodernism and gender studies that provide students with tools to analyse contemporary Asian societies and sensitise them to underlying issues of power and representation.
ACEP35: Political Systems, Governance and Democracy in Asia (12 credits)
The course provides an overview of general theories related to the study of political systems, governance, and democratization. Such theories including decolonization, nationalism, authoritarianism, and the development of hybrid state systems. The ultimate aim of the course is to let the students to be able in applying these theories to the Asian context through a comparative analysis.
The course is designed to introduce students to different political systems in the region of East, South-East and South Asia. The course pays particular attention in comparing the similarities and differences experiences between and within these states. The course also discusses the phenomena of political change, rise of leadership, influences of religion, society, culture, military, and economy in domestic politics as well as international relations. The course also addresses the influence of regional organizations and multinational corporations in contemporary political developments.
ACEP36: The Economic Transformation of Asia (12 credits)
The course deals with economic development in East, South-East and South Asia. It explores and explains the processes of rapid industrialisation and socio-economic modernisation in East and South-East Asia together with the development process in South Asia based on a historically–comparative institutional approach. Fundamental factors and forces behind these changes are analysed against the background of leading theories of economic development and social change. All countries in the region can serve as examples, but particular emphasis will be given to First-Tier industrialising countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines), Third-Tier industrialisers (China and Vietnam) and countries in South Asia (with a particular focus on India).
The course uses institutional theory to analyse the emergence of the so-called East Asian model of economic growth and development and current trends and forces of globalisation in the Asia-Pacific region. Specific focus is laid on comparing China’s and India´s economic reforms and emerging roles in the global economy.