Courses during the first semester
ACEP32: Asian Studies (6 credits)
The course is a critical, comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to studies of Asian societies. It deals with method issues that are related to area studies in general and Asian Studies in particular. The course provides the student with an overview of Asian Studies by means of key social sciences and humanities concepts and approaches, and a specialised study of Asia's societies by emphasising the shifting context and content of the knowledge involved. It adopts a critical perspective on western knowledge formation about Asia. Furthermore, the course includes discussion and analysis of new theories and perspectives that have emerged from studies of Asian societies and that have queried and enriched western social sciences, e g theories of post-colonialism and subalternity. The course also includes perspectives from post-modernism and gender studies equipping the students with tools to analyse present-day Asian societies and a specialised awareness of the underlying issues of power and representativeness.
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) and Third-Tier industrialisers (China and Vietnam).
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.