DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000035

Contemporary Asia-Pacific: Politics, International Relations and Economic Development

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič (vsotirovic@mruni.eu vsotirovic.home.mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Vladislav Sotirovič

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Bachelor

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Basic knowledge on globalization

No

No


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Students will be able to receive knowledge within a common education framework of humanitarian and social sciences Students will be able to analyze and try to solve problems in contemporary Asia-Pacific politics, international relations and economic development at the time of globalization Students will be able to analyze, compare, investigate and critically evaluate scientific literature on Asia-Pacific studies Students will be able to disseminate their received knowledge and trained skills

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

To be able to understand Asia-Pacific international politics, the geopolitical and economic goals of the major global powers in the region and their aims and geopolitical, geoeconomic and geoenergetic strategies in the region of Asia-Pacific To be able to do investigation based on the scientific and practical bases: 1) To analyze, investigate and critically evaluate current changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region; 2) To analyze the main issues and problems of the emergence, characteristics, changes and future prospects of Asia-Pacific political regimes and economic development; 3) To be able to understand and critically evaluate Asia-Pacific political and economic systems; 4) To be able to deal with the future tendencies in Asia-Pacific regional development taking into consideration possible problems and possibilities; 5) To be able to give adequate and real recommendations dealing with the Asia-Pacific region’s security policy To be able to explain the link between global, regional and local developments and order in Asia-Pacific. To be able to analyze the regional policies of the major global powers in Asia-Pacific. To be able to discuss the emergence, development, effectiveness and prospects of regional institutions and organizations in Asia-Pacific. To be able to assess the prospects for Asia-Pacific regional stability and cooperation To be able to present and discuss scientific research results upon studies on the dynamic relationship between Asia-Pacific political-economic order and the international environment To be able to explore, understand and analyze the nature of the international politics of the region of Asia-Pacific. To be able to examine the regional organizations, multilateral arrangements, regional interstate conflicts and potential flashpoints To be able to analyze a case study by individual or group work To be able to choose an adequate research strategy and methods dealing with Asia-Pacific politics To be able to do case study and political problem analyze dealing with the main issues and problems of contemporary Asia-Pacific politics, international relations and economic development To be able to criticize an opponent’s view within a framework of tolerance and competence on the topics of Asia-Pacific politics, international relations, economic development and regional security

Lectures, seminars, formulation of the problem questions Learning to cooperate and discuss Presentations Independent studies Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work Learning and organization work at the Moodle electronic-study system Problem learning Co-operative learning method, Individual and group work Case studies Practical solving-problem work

Students’ work achievement is evaluated within the framework of the 10 point scale following publically announced assessment criteria, methods and procedure by the Mykolas Romeris University Assessment methods – examination (frontal, individual), individual presentation evaluation and the integral test of theoretical and practical knowledge


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1.Globalization’s impact to the region of Asia-Pacific

(Concept and definition of globalization; Controversial nature of globalization; Globalization of the world economy and politics; Fundamental economic and political consequences of globalization to the countries of Asia-Pacific (in narrow geographical sense): China, Japan, the North Korea and the South Korea; Hong Kong [PRC] and Taiwan [PRC] at the time of globalization)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

2.Japan: From lost WWII to the global economic power
(Japan’s historical development; Japan’s APEC membership; Democratization process in Japan after the WWII; Japan’s economic downturn from the 1960s; Foundations of Japan’s economic power; Japanese political system; Japanese foreign policy; Japan in international relations after 1945; Japan’s G7/G8 membership; Japan’s G20 Group membership and participation; Japan’s and globalization; Contemporary Japanese security problems)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

3.Democracy, human and minority rights in Asia-Pacific at the time of globalization

(Concept and definition of democracy; Democracy’s development in the contemporary Asia-Pacific; The “Asian values” – the East Asian view of human rights and democracy; The main challenges to the process of democratization in the contemporary Asia-Pacific; Comparative quality of democracy in Asia-Pacific countries; Human and minority rights in Asia-Pacific)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

4. China: From isolation to global power

(China’s historical development; China’s economic miracle; Central Asia between the European Union and China; China’s foreign policy; China, the World and the international system; China and its neighbors; Chinese economic model after 1978; China’s economic foreign policy; China’s military power; China’s security and vulnerability; Tibetan rights question; China in international relations after the WWII; “Chindia”; “Chinese century”; The Chinese Communist Party)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

5.Economy and political economy of Asia-Pacific countries

(The process of industrialization of Asia-Pacific; Characteristics of the economic development of Asia-Pacific countries; Political economy’s similarities and differences between Asia-Pacific countries; Economic globalization and the region of Asia-Pacific; Economic relations of Asia-Pacific countries with the European Union, the USA and Russia; Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation [APEC] from 1989; The “Asian century” and Asia-Pacific countries’ contribution)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

6.Two Koreas, one nation:
(The historical context of the Korean peninsula; Korean War in the 1950s; Political and national division of the Korean peninsula after the Korean War; Different political and economic systems of two Koreas after the Korean War; Two Koreas in international relations; Two Koreas and security challenges after the 1950s; The North Korean political autarky and authoritarianism; The North Korean isolation from world economy; Democratization process in the South Korea; The foundations of the South Korean economic power at the time of globalization; The South Korean APEC membership; The South Korean G20 Group membership and participation; The two Koreas and superpower competition after 1945)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

7. Taiwan [PRC] and Hong Kong [PRC] between China and the West
(Taiwan’s historical development and peculiarities; Disputed territory of Taiwan; Sovereign claims by Taiwan and China; Taiwan’s APEC membership; Taiwan’s non-membership of the United Nations Organization; Taiwan’s political and economic system; Globalization impact on Taiwan; Taiwan in international relations and Taiwan’s security after 1945; History of Hong Kong; Hong Kong as the British colony; An autonomy of Hong Kong as a part of China after 1997; Political and economic development of Hong Kong; The basis of Hong Kong’s economic power; Hong Kong’s APEC membership)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the documentary movie To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

8. The Far East Asia and geopolitics of global peace and world security
(Concept of global geopolitics; Concept of global governance and Asia-Pacific countries’ contribution to the global peace and world security; Characteristics of the regional Asia-Pacific security questions; The Sino-USA rivalry in the region of Asia-Pacific and global security; The global peace and the Sino-Russian regional cooperation; The role of Asia-Pacific countries in the work of the UNO)

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

10

To analyze sources and scientific research results in the literature To realize practical task: to formulate problem question based on the source To study within the framework of the electronic (Moodle) system

9. Exam

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

6

32

Integral test to check theoretical and practical knowledge

Overall

32

0

18

0

0

0

0

0

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Examination

50

Session period

The test consists of open and closed questions (varying difficulties, from understanding to evaluation), each question is worth one point Assessment: 5: Excellent knowledge and skills. 45-50% of correct answers 4: Good knowledge and skills; may be minor errors. 35-44% of correct answers 3: Average knowledge and skills; there are errors 25-34% of correct answers 2: Knowledge and skills are below average; there are (basic) errors. 15-24% of correct answers 1: Knowledge and skills to satisfy the minimum requirements; lots of errors. 5-14% of correct answers 0: Does not meet minimum requirements. 0-4% of correct answers

Report

30

Semester period

Assessment: The structure of presentation (evaluation criteria: clear and consistent layout (introduction, body and conclusion)) up to 1 point; Conceptualism of presentation (evaluation criteria: complete and reasonable disclosure of the chosen topic) up to 2 points; Failure to deliver presentation - 0 points

Tasks

20

Semester period

20% - to actively and constructively participate in discussions, to answer questions, to formulate problems and issues, to provide critical comments; 10% - to participate in the debate, to answer to frequently asked questions; 0% - almost does not participate in the discussion