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150087 VU Migration in East Asia (2020W)

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

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 07.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 14.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 21.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 28.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 04.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 11.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 18.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 25.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 02.12. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 09.12. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 16.12. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 13.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 20.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Wednesday 27.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this course is to introduce students to key methodological and theoretical debates that underpin migration research. This course familiarizes students with some of the main debates in the study of

- Citizenship;
- Border crossing, cross-border and transnational livelihoods, identities, and practices;
- Different types of migration such as immigration, emigration, transit and remigration, but also labour, marriage, studying, defecting etc.;
- Borders and identities, the question of ‘illegal’ migrants, human trafficking and refugees;
- The role of (digital) infrastructures in migration processes;
- Spatial aspects of migration processes.

Migration research is inherently interdisciplinary. Accordingly, we will engage with research approaches from anthropology, sociology, legal studies, political sciences, and political geography. We will research different case studies and migration trends in the China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, North and South Korea, Japan, and Singapore.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the course takes place online. All compulsory activities will be held over moodle in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous methods. I provide weekly activities either in the form of a webinar (synchronous), video content or other online methods that students work on the content at home (asynchronous). The details will be introduced in the first session of the course. Attending the first session online is mandatory. In order to succeed in this class, you should be online available during the regular class hour.

In accordance with the Curriculum of East Asian Economy and Society (EcoS), on successful completion of this seminar, students will have:

• Shown their ability to understand key concepts of social sciences such as sovereignty, borders, and citizenship;
• Demonstrated their knowledge of different theories of border and migration studies and be able to apply them to concrete cases;
• Demonstrated knowledge on current development contemporary East Asian migration politics including respective ruling bodies, power structures, institutions, infrastructures etc.;
• Successfully conducted a case study, applying and refining academic, writing and research skills acquired before;
• Critically assessed the strength and weaknesses of various theoretical and empirical approaches;
• Improved their skills to analyse and interpret political data and evaluate the quality, validity and usefulness of political science research findings;
• Shown a critical attitude towards political science literature and established points of view;
• Demonstrated intellectual integrity and the ability to be self-critical.

This is a text based course. That means that everyone is expected to attend the online class having completed the required readings, ready to participate. During the first part, a common set of research criteria will be built from these texts. Students are strongly encouraged to research and read additional academic literature, a list for further readings is included in the syllabus. For the second part, students will prepare presentations applying the research criteria to selected case studies. The semester end with a simulation exercise negotiating the question of global citizenship. A conclusive session will summarise key findings.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Reading and commenting texts, written and in class online (10%)
• Case study presentation (25%)
• Performance in Global Citizenship Simulation (25%)
• Take Home Exam (40%), 3.000 words until February 28, 2021 11.55 pm.
Please note: The Take-Home-Exam counts as a minimal requirement (“Mindestanforderung”) and must thus be passed in order to pass the whole course.

Update November 18, 2020
Cancellation of take-home exam. The grade is composed of:
(1) Reading and commenting texts, written and in class online (30%)
(2) Case study presentation (40%)
(3) Performance in Global Citizenship Simulation (30%)

For completing the assignments and attending the course completely, students receive 4 ECTS.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Positive grades (grade 4 or better) for all formal requirements as listed under “Assessment (Art der Leistungskontrolle)” are a minimum requirement for passing this course.
The Take Home Exam is an indispensable component of this seminar, in particular as it serves as a direct preparation for the MA thesis. Students who fail to submit a positive and complete term paper (grade 4 or better) via Moodle until 28 February, 11:55 pm will fail the whole course.
Interactive discussion and student participation is integral to this seminar. Regular participation is mandatory. In case of absence, the following rule applies: The final grade remains unchanged for up to three sessions missed (à 90 minutes). Students will fail the course if absent for four sessions or more. Please note: To ensure a smooth proceeding of the seminar, be on time! Students who are late by more than 10 minutes will not be signed in on the attendance list.
Grading is based on a “continuous assessment of coursework” (“Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung”). Repetition of individual assessment criteria, therefore, is not possible.
General Rules of Good Academic Practice apply. Non-compliance will result in legal measures according to the regulations of the University of Vienna.
All minimum requirements and assessment criteria will be discussed during the first class. Questions related to the minimum requirements and assessment criteria should be raised during the first meeting. By continuing this course, students automatically accept all minimum requirements and assessment criteria and confirm their understanding thereof. Therefore, attendance at the first class is mandatory. Absence at the first meeting will lead to automatic de-registration from this course.

Examination topics

Reading list

A complete literature list will be available on Moodle. Students are required to independently research additional literature for in-class discussions and term papers.

The following literature is recommended and available from University of Vienna Library online:

Cheema, G. Shabbir; McNally, Christopher A.; Popovski, Vesselin (Eds.) (2011): Cross-border Governance in Asia. Regional Issues and Mechanisms. Tokyo, New York: United Nations University Press.

Ho, Elaine Lynn-Ee (2019): Citizens in Motion. Emigration, Immigration, and Re-Migration across China’s Borders. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Hollifield, James F.; Orlando Sharpe, Michael (2017): Japan as an ‘Emerging Migration State’. In International Relations of the Asia-Pacific. DOI: 10.1093/irap/lcx013.

Jakimów, Małgorzata (2017): Resistance through Accommodation. A Citizenship Approach to Migrant Worker NGOs in China. In Journal of Contemporary China 26 (108), pp. 915–930. DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2017.1337316

Le Bail, Hélène (2017): Cross-border Marriages as a Side Door for Paid and Unpaid Migrant Workers. The Case of Marriage Migration between China and Japan. In Critical Asian Studies 49 (2), pp. 226–243. DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2017.1300860.

Kim, Sookyung; Koo, Jeong-Woo (2016): Securitising, Economising and Humanising Immigration. The Case of the Employment Permit System in South Korea. In Asian Studies Review 40 (4), pp. 619–635. DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2016.1229740.

Kwon, Oh-Jung (2018): The Diverging Paths of Skilled Immigration in Singapore, Japan and Korea. Policy Priorities and External Labor Market for Skilled Foreign Workers. In Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 56 (8), p. 1139. DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12173.

Piper, Nicola. "Rights of Foreign Workers and the Politics of Migration in South‐East and East Asia." International Migration 42.5 (2004): 71-97.

Shneiderman, Sara B. (2013): Himalayan Border Citizens. Sovereignty and Mobility in the Nepal–Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China Border Zone. In Political Geography 35, pp. 25–36. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2013.04.001.

Schubert, Gunter; Plümmer, Franziska; Bayok, Anastasiya (2020): Immigration Governance in East Asia. Norm Diffusion, Citizenship, Politics of Identity. London, New York: Routledge.

Xiang, Biao (2016): Beyond Methodological Nationalism and Epistemological Behaviouralism. Drawing Illustrations from Migrations within and from China. In Population, Space and Place 22 (7), pp. 669–680. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1929.

Yeoh, Brenda S.A.; Liu-Farrer, Gracia (Eds.) (2018): Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations. First edition. London: Taylor and Francis. Available online at https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315660493.

Association in the course directory

WM4

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