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150126 VU Current Developments in Northeast Asia (2) (2017S)

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: Englisch

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 07.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 14.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 21.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 28.03. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 04.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 25.04. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 02.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 09.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 16.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 23.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 30.05. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 13.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 20.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Tuesday 27.06. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Expertise needs two components: a solid theoretical and methodological foundation to provide structure and guidance for a rigorous analysis, and rich empirical knowledge including the ability to critically access the quality of sources and to filter an often overwhelming amount of information.
This VU is focusing on the latter. We will regularly read the online editions of some major English language newspapers from Japan, Korea and China. Major events related to East Asia from the fields of the economy, politics and society will be identified and discussed in an explorative and comparative way. At the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of ongoing issues in Northeast Asia, of their background, and of the different perspectives taken in various countries of the region.

Assessment and permitted materials

presentation, essay and participation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Knowledge of any East Asian language is not required.
Each student will be assigned one newspaper or similar source.
In preparation of each unit, students will be asked to read related articles in the assigned source and to prepare a short informal presentation of their contents, identifying at least three major themes and knowing some of their background. The written notes for each of the sessions must be posted on Moodle after the class in order to be accessible to the other students. At the end of the semester, each student will be asked to submit an essay (4,000 words) summarizing the results of his/her media analysis. The editorial deadline for the contents of these essays is June 11, 2017.
Students’ participation in discussion is an integral part of this course. Regular participation is thus mandatory. The following rules apply: The final grade remains unchanged in the case of up to three absences. If you are absent for up to 4 times, the final grade will be reduced by one full grade. If you are absent for up to 5 times, the final grade will be reduced by two full grades, and so forth.
Your in-class activity will be taken note of. This concerns the presentation of the last week’s main events from your new source as well as your participation in the discussion of other presentations. Please note that you will typically not be explicitly asked to present; this is not high-school. It is up to you to share your results and insights.
Twice during the semester, we will focus on one particular event or issue and discuss it more deeply. For that purpose, the class will be divided into four teams. Each time, two of the teams will present. They will have to select one topic/issue that they like to talk about and use input from their respective news source to collect empirical information. This will be supplemented by background research.
The final grade will be calculated as follows:
-- Student’s in-class presentations (including timely submission of notes to Moodle): 40%
-- Interim summary (team presentation): 30%
-- Final essay: 30%
Please note: Each of these components counts as a minimal requirement (“Mindestanforderung”) and must thus be passed in order to pass the whole course.

Examination topics

see above

Reading list

will be provided via moodle

Association in the course directory

WM4

Last modified: Fr 07.07.2017 10:29