RS: History, Culture and Politics of Eas

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX090M10
Vaknaam RS: History, Culture and Politics of Eas
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: History, Culture and Politics of East Asia
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the specialization(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of specialization. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3).

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving East Asia is a vast region home to over a billion and a half people and an incredible diversity of experiences. It contains both some of the world’s most dynamic and modern economies as well as some of its most dangerous geopolitical contests. It encompasses ancient cultures as well as contemporary creativity. Among its governments we find liberal democracies as well as rigid autocracies. Moreover, the region is increasingly central to economic and geopolitical developments in the world.
This course will let students get acquainted with several topics that are highly relevant to understanding contemporary East Asia: the history of Japanese imperialism, state developmentalism in South Korea and Taiwan; the early reform era in China; the presidency of Xi Jinping in China and the winding down of liberalizing reforms; and lastly, the issue of Taiwan’s status and accompanying geopolitical tensions. The course will also touch on the relations between reform-era China and Europe. China will be the main focus of the class, as the largest and most influential state in the region both historically and currently.
The course will be structured in the form of six seminars covering the six topics listed above in the first bloc and student presentations in the second bloc. As a research seminar, the most important component of the course will be the research projects carried out independently by students. Further details will be provided in class.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege, zelfstudie (begeleid)
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm essay, presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en), wekelijkse opdrachten
Vaksoort master
Coördinator L.C.A. Hemminga, MA. MSc.
Docent(en) L.C.A. Hemminga, MA. MSc.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Hand book: International Relations of Asia (second edition) (Rowman & Littlefield Lanham, 2014 (also available as e-book at the university library).
David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda (ed.) 978-1-4422-2640-1 ca. €  40,00
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the Master
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (East Asian Studies) 1 semester II keuze