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150089 VU East Asian Hotspots: Economy, Politics and Society of North Korea (2021W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work
REMOTE
Mo 25.10. 11:15-12:45 Digital

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

Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

First class ONLINE via Zoom on October 04, 2021, at 11:15. Make sure to attend! This course will take place 100% ONLINE.

Monday 04.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 11.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 18.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 08.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 15.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 22.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 29.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 06.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 13.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 10.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 17.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 24.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital
Monday 31.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Digital

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Corona-Mode
Due to the unforeseeable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions, this course will take place 100% online. We will have sessions in real time, including two m/c tests as well as consultation sessions via Moodle/Zoom, and there will be recorded lectures that you can watch 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.

Contents
Based on 30 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 known states of East Asia. Students learn about the origins of the system and the latest developments in North Korea as the source or object of actual or potential conflict in the East Asian region. 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

Assessment
Students will be assessed through two multiple-choice tests. The tests will be held online. The dates will be November 22, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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), rounding will be done in your favor (1.5 --> 1, 2.5 --> 2 etc.). In other words, in case you miss or fail one test, you can still finish the course by passing the other test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Workload
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 of interest. We will have real-time consultation sessions via Moodle/Zoom for Q&A. Participation in these Q&A sessions is optional but strongly recommended. 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; the detailed required readings are listed in a separate document (schedule and assignments), and on Moodle.

Assessment
Students will be assessed through two multiple-choice tests. The tests will be held online. The dates will be November 22, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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), rounding will be done in your favor (1.5 --> 1, 2.5 --> 2 etc.). In other words, in case you miss or fail one test, you can still finish the course by passing the other test.

Registration
You have registered via the electronic registration system of the University of Vienna. This registration, combined with participation in at least one session is commensurate 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.

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 for each topic will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

WM4

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