Institutions and Political Process in Asia

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/14
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course will introduce the contemporary history history of Japan, China and South East Asia in a comparative analysis. Special attention will be paid to the a relevant actor of Japan and China at a regional and global level.
The course aims at providing the critical tools needed to understand the political system of contemporary Japan and China, with a special focus on structural developments since the cold war.
The students will be required to work in groups and discuss on selected topics, in order to train their critical abilities and their communicative skills.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will allow the students to develop their learning skills through the reading of complex texts and their communication abilities thorough presentations and discussions of papers and multimedia documents. A critical approach will be encouraged and stimulated by means of discussions, panel presentations, and debates.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Third trimester
Teaching methods:
The course will be held in videoconference using Teams with synchronous lessons (videolessons). All lessons will be recorded and made available on Ariel.

Any updates will be communicated on Ariel before the beginning of the course.

Reference materials:
In addition to the bibliography reported in the program, reference should be made to all the lessons, materials and resources published on Ariel.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam is oral.

The oral exam takes place on Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. Any communication on deadlines and organisation of the tests will be published on Ariel.

The oral exam is the same for both attended and non-attended students, with the only difference that the oral conversation for non-attended students will consist of a greater number of questions.
Course syllabus
The course concerns the contemporary history of Asia, with a comparative study between China, Japan and South East Asia.
The course will examine the political system of contemporary China and Japan, with a special focus on its evolution from the cold world until now.
The issues analyzed in details will be : introduction to Asian History in the geopolitical framework/ Japan from the imperialism to the defeat in the Second world war/ origin, evolution and affirmation of the Communist Party of China/ the civil war between the Guomindang and the Communist Party of China/ the foundation of the People's Republic of China/ the cultural revolution/ the emergence of China as a world power/ interregional relations in East Asia/ territorial disputes/ the reconstruction in Japan/ Japan in the post-Cold war world: a historical perspective/ Case study: Japan's foreign policy under the second Abe cabinet/Asean+3/ the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Prerequisites for admission
No previous skills are required, but a general knowledge of the main dynamics of global contemporary history is useful.
Teaching methods
In order to train their critical abilities and their communicative skills, student will be required to actively participate in lessons with class discussions and presentations. Lectures will be enriched with multimedia materials to
Teaching Resources
Teaching materials:
Attending students
Besides the texts used for the presentation, students are required to read the following book:
Guido Samarani, La Cina nel Novecento. Dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Einaudi, 2017.
and one of the following books:
Francesco Gatti, Storia del Giappone contemporaneo, Bruno Mondadori, 2002
Barbara Onnis, La Cina nelle relazioni internazionali, Carocci, 2011.
Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino, 2020.

Not attending students
Students are required to read the following book:
Guido Samarani, La Cina nel Novecento. Dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Einaudi, 2017.
and two of the following books:
Francesco Gatti, Storia del Giappone contemporaneo, Bruno Mondadori, 2002
Barbara Onnis, La Cina nelle relazioni internazionali, Carocci, 2011.
Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino, 2020.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral.

1 Students will manage the available time to properly answer the questions
2 The answers must be coherent and prove the capacity to properly reflect and to critically analyse the texts
3 The answers will be based on the comparison between specific case studies.
Assessment
1 The arguments will be represented by direct answers to specific questions
2 The answers will be related to the reading list
3 The answers are supported by proper examples

Attending students
The overall evaluation will be based also on the active participation to class discussions and on students' presentations, whose results will be part of the final grades.
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Miorandi Arianna
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