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Бакалавриат 2018/2019

Политическое развитие и международные отношения Азии

Статус: Курс обязательный (Востоковедение)
Направление: 58.03.01. Востоковедение и африканистика
Когда читается: 3-й курс, 4 модуль
Формат изучения: Blended
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is an overview of international relations and political development in Asia that aims at familiarizing students with the main economic and political issues of the region. The introductory part of the course examines historical backgrounds of Asian countries (Middle East, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia) with a focus on political and economic development during the post-Cold War period. The main part of the course introduces the contemporary development of Asia and is divided into two sections: security issues in Asia, cooperation and integration in Asia. Within the first section students will learn about conventional security issues, such as interstate conflicts and wars, territorial disputes and nu-clear proliferation, as well as new security threats: terrorism, globalization, forced migration, environ-mental degradation, etc. The second theme covers such topics as economic interdependence, international organizations and multilateral cooperation in Asia, bilateral relations of regional states, role of transnational organizations and external state actors.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The ultimate goal of the course is to provide students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the processes taking place in Asia and enable them to produce a fine academic research on a certain issue regarding the region. The practical academic skills trained through the seminars include literature search, text analysis and academic writing.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To know the main problems of political development and international relations of the region, its historical background and current state and trends of further development.
  • To be able to search, analyze and present information on various aspects of the foreign and domestic policies of the states, development of the region; to critically interpret the texts and formulate personal standing; to apply theoretical knowledge to conduct an academic study of specific phenomena and problems in Asia.
  • To have skills (gain experience) in the correct use of terminology and conceptual apparatus for understanding and writing texts on international relations and political science; to use knowledge in the practice of research work.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Political and economic development of the region during the post-Cold War period
    The transformation of world political architecture after the end of the Cold War and the role of Asia in it. The legacy of the Cold War as a factor of instability in the region. The role of Russia and the United States in international relations in Asia at the present stage. Old and new centers of power. Online courses for self-study: Chinese Politics Part 2 – China and the World https://www.coursera.org/learn/chinese-politics-2 After the Arab Spring – Democratic Aspirations and State Failure https://www.coursera.org/learn/after-the-arab-spring Seminar 1: New Global Order and International Relations in Asia Topics for presenrtation: 1. China's Foreign Policy Strategy and the Future of Global Order 2. China’s policy towards developing countries (Central Asia, Africa) 3. USA, Russia and the Middle East 4. Sectarian Divide and Regional Rivalry in the Middle East 5. Iran's role in the International Relations of the Middle East
  • Security issues in Asia
    Arab-Israeli conflict. War in Iraq. War in Syria. Terrorist organizations in the Middle East. The problem of nuclear non-proliferation. The Korean conflict. The Taiwan issue. Territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Unconventional security threats in the region. Seminar 2: Cold War Legacy. Topics for presentation: 1. The Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian Stability 2. The Taiwan Problem 3. The Arab-Israeli Conflict 4. Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East Seminar 3: Regional rivalries Topics for presentation: 1. The East China Sea Disputes 2. The South China Sea Disputes 3. External Actors in Syrian Civil War 4. The War in Iraq Seminar 4: New Security Challenges Topics for presentation: 1. Addressing Terrorism in Southeast Asia 2. Energy Security of East and Southeast Asia 3. Environmental Problems and Regional Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia 4. Emergence of Violent Islamist Groups in the Middle East (IS, Hamas, Hizbollah) 5. Sectarian Divide and Regional Rivalry in the Middle East
  • Regional integration and regional organizations in Asia
    Regional international organizations in the Middle East. The Arab League. OPEC. Regional political development and international geopolitical interests in the Middle East: the Arab Spring. Regionalization as a form of integration in the East and South-East Asia region. ASEAN. APEC. CCI. Cooperation in the sphere of finance and investment. Seminar 5: Regional cooperation and integration Topics for presentation: 1. China and ASEAN 2. Regional Cooperation in Finance and Trade in East and Southeast Asia 3. Political cooperation in the Middle East 4. Economic cooperation in the Middle East
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Тест по онлайн курсу
    Студенты самостоятельно проходят тесты по онлайн-курсу (студенты восточноазиатского направления и студенты ближневосточного направления изучают один курс по тематике своего региона). И затем демонстрируют преподавателю свои баллы.
  • non-blocking Работа на семинарах
    Работа на семинарах представляет участие студентов в дискуссии и симуляциях на семинарских занятиях.
  • non-blocking Экзамен
    Итоговый контроль представляет собой письменный экзамен, состоящий из 20 тестовых вопросов разного формата: множественный выбор, заполнение пропуска, вопрос с открытым ответом. Время ответа – 60 минут. Предлагаемое задание содержит вопросы по терминологии и фактическому материалу. Основанием для снижения оценки являются: неполное раскрытие поставленного вопроса, ошибки и неточности в изложении фактов, некорректное использование/раскрытие терминов и понятий.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.3 * Работа на семинарах + 0.2 * Тест по онлайн курсу + 0.5 * Экзамен
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • ACHARYA, A. (2011). Can Asia lead? Power ambitions and global governance in the twenty-first century. International Affairs, 87(4), 851–869. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2011.01007.x
  • Foot, R., Ravenhill, J., & Pekkanen, S. M. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=817325
  • Hinnebusch, R. (DE-588)12892439X, (DE-576)297402110. (2003). The international politics of the Middle East / Raymond Hinnebusch. Manchester [u.a.]: Manchester Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.112161898
  • M. Steven Fish, David Nasatir, James Robinson, Ani Sarkissian, Jason Seawright, & Valerie Sperling. (n.d.). World Politics 55 (October 2002), 4–37 ISLAM AND AUTHORITARIANISM. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.68B4FEFF
  • Regionalism in East Asia : paradigm shifting / ed. by Fu-Kuo Liu . (2003). London [u.a.]: RoutledgeCurzon. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.091834503
  • Yahuda, M. B., & Shambaugh, D. L. (2008). International Relations of Asia. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=243634

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Holslag, J. (DE-576)278632904. (2009). China’s new security strategy for Africa / Jonathan Holslag. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389869783
  • Saunders, P. C. (2006). China’s global activism [electronic resource] : strategy, drivers, and tools / by Phillip C. Saunders. Washington, D.C. : National Defense University Press, 2006. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgpr&AN=edsgpr.000599211
  • Xue, L. (DE-588)1056126124, (DE-576)412766302. (2014). China as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council / Xue Lei. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.416629911
  • Ziegler, C. E. (2014). Russia in Central Asia: The Dynamics of Great-Power Politics in a Volatile Region. Asian Perspective, 38(4), 589–617. https://doi.org/10.1353/apr.2014.0026