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150089 VU East Asian Hotspots: Economy, Politics and Society of North Korea (2020W)

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

Registration/Deregistration

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. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 13.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 20.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 27.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 03.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 10.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 17.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 24.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 01.12. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 15.12. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 12.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 19.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 26.01. 17:00 - 19:00 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Due to the unforeseeable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions, we will be unable to have regular sessions in our usual classrooms. This course will thus take place online. 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.
The workload will be the same as under “normal” conditions. You will have to read, you will have to write two M/C exams, and you are expected to follow the lectures closely and regularly. These lectures will take place online and asynchronously (I will record my lectures and post them on Moodle). This has the advantage of being independent of the momentary quality of everybody’s internet connection and of the time zone participants are living in, and students can watch the lectures as often as they want. The two exams will also take place electronically, in order to enable students from outside Vienna to participate.
In addition, we will have synchronous (live) consultation sessions via Moodle/BigBlueButton for Q&A, as well as an online forum on Moodle for written communication.
Based on over 25 years of research of the instructor on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), this course aims to shed light on one of the less well-known states of East Asia. Students learn about the origins and current developments in North Korea as the source or object of actual or potential conflict in the East Asian region. This includes aspects such as economic development and social issues. The following areas will be covered: History and tradition; ideology and the leaders; political system; economy: basics; economic reforms; special economic zones; the leadership of Kim Jong-Un; unification.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed through two multiple-choice tests. The tests will be held online. The dates will be November 17, 2020 and January 26, 2021. There will be no alternative dates for these tests; please make sure that you can participate. If you already know that this will not be possible, you should not register for this course.
The final grade will be calculated as the arithmetic average of the grades for the two tests. In case the average is between two grades (1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5), the grade will be determined in your favor (1.5 --> 1, 2.5 --> 2 etc.). In case you miss one test, you can still finish the course by passing the other test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Knowledge of Korean is not required. The lecture and the required readings will be in English. This is a VU, which means that for most of the time, the course will take place as a lecture, although with an opportunity for students to ask questions and to discuss issues amongst themselves. To that end, we will have synchronous (live) consultation sessions via Moodle/BigBlueButton for Q&A, as well as an online forum on Moodle for written communication. In preparation of each unit, students will be asked to read related book chapters or articles. Expect reading about 40 pages per week on average.

Examination topics

The m/c exams will be based on the readings as well as the instructor's PPTs.

Reading list

A detailed reading list will be provided on moodle.

Association in the course directory

WM4

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