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150086 SE Economic Systems in East Asia (2021W)

7.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Please note that this course will start at 13:00 sharp (NOT 13:15). The first class takes place on October 05, 2021, ONLINE via Moodle/Zoom. Make sure not to miss that class.

Tuesday 05.10. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital
Tuesday 25.01. 13:00 - 14:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Due to the unforeseeable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions, this course will take place 100% online. We will have most sessions in real time via Moodle, including one m/c test, and there will be recorded presentations so you can watch them whenever you like. To participate, you need a stable internet connection, a computer with a webcam, speakers and a microphone (or a headset), and regular access to Moodle (will be granted to you automatically once you are registered for this course). Before registering for this class, make sure you meet all these requirements.
More than ever, it is important that you check for updates regularly. I will communicate with you through the messaging board on Moodle; make sure you receive emails sent to your u:net account!!!

Reflecting our integrated teaching and learning concept, this course includes the building of theoretical knowledge as well as its application to specific cases in East Asia. In a first step, students learn (or refresh their knowledge) about the various types of economic systems including market economies, socialist systems, and market socialism and discuss the merits of different approaches towards their classification. In a second part, this will be applied to cases in East Asia on a comparative basis. The analytical framework for that comparison will be provided by the instructor. In the third part, students will be asked to apply and expand what they have learned by writing a term paper.
IMPORTANT: You need to participate in the “Exercise Course on Economic Systems in East Asia” (course number 150021, Mondays 15:00-16:30). All consultations on the term paper will take place during that Exercise Course. You can only register for this Seminar if you have already registered for the Exercise Course.
We will develop an understanding of the types of economic systems and especially of their various components. The focus of this seminar is on a static analysis of the status quo at a given time. The actual economies in East Asia are constantly changing. We therefore focus as much on short-lived empirical knowledge of the structures and sectors of East Asian economies, as we aim at developing and testing a more durable framework for their analysis.

Assessment and permitted materials

In its first part, this is a text-based seminar. Accordingly, in preparation of each unit, students will be asked to read related book chapters or articles. This will create a foundation for active participation during the seminar. Expect reading about 40 pages per week.
You will have to write one multiple-choice test on the key elements of the first, theoretical part of this seminar.
In addition, each student will be required to actively contribute to six group presentations during which selected aspects of economic systems will be compared among China, Japan, and South Korea. This task includes the preparation and uploading of recorded PPT presentations on Moodle. Details of the assignments are specified in a separate document.
The main student contribution will be a term paper (see below).
I know that many of you are interested in knowing more about other countries of East Asia, including Southeast Asia. For reasons of time, our case studies focus on China, Japan and Korea. But you can use the knowledge gained during the seminar to explore the economic systems of these countries in your term paper.

(1) The m/c test will be held online. The date will be November 09, 2021. There will be no alternative date for this test; please make sure that you can participate. If you already know that this will not be possible, you should not register for this course.
(2) For the group presentations, every member of the group will receive the same grade. I know this can be frustrating, mostly due to actual or assumed free riding etc. Try to see it positively and take it as an exercise on how to deal with such phenomena, since – like it or not – you will encounter them often in your professional life. Develop your own strategies: find allies, motivate team mates, find ways to sanction them if they do not cooperate, or just make your peace with reality.
(3) Students are required to write a term paper (Seminararbeit). Details including structure, layout and grading criteria will be discussed in great detail during the exercise course. The term papers are due at 23:59 on March 28, 2022. Term papers will only be accepted in electronic form via Moodle as either a WinWord, OpenOffice or a similar file where I can count the words.
A delay in term paper submission of up to 1 week will result in downgrading by one full grade. A delay in term paper submission of up to 2 weeks will result in downgrading by two full grades, and so forth.
The final grade for the course will be calculated as follows:
• M/C test: 14%
• Group presentations: 6% each (total: 36%)
• Term paper: 50%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Please note:
• In order to finish the course successfully, you must submit all three assignments as listed above.
• The term paper is an indispensable component of the seminar, in particular as it serves as a direct preparation for the MA thesis. The term paper is a minimal requirement (“Mindestanforderung”) must thus be passed in order to pass the whole course.
• Students who get a “5” for their term paper or fail to submit a term paper will be graded “5” (fail) for the whole seminar regardless of the other assignments.

You have registered via the electronic registration system of the University of Vienna. This registration, combined with participation in at least one session is equivalent to a legally binding registration for examination. In other words, you will be graded. De-registration for this course will be possible for a limited time in accordance with the regulations of the University of Vienna.

Please note: Maintaining your registration for the seminar will be regarded as agreement with these terms.

Examination topics

See above. For more details on assignments, readings etc., please refer to Moodle.

Reading list

A reading list will be made available through Moodle.

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