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Бакалавриат 2019/2020

Экономическая и политическая география Юго-Восточной Азии

Направление: 41.03.01. Зарубежное регионоведение
Когда читается: 1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: Full time
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course will be built around lectures, discussions and readings with the purpose of creating a greater awareness and understanding of the Southeast Asia region. A major focus will be the nature of development particularly in the contemporary period. But in addition the history and culture of the nations will be discussed as they apply to development conditions. Especially important are spatial aspects of the various development situations. Environmental settings, historical circumstances, as well as, institutions and culture are recognized as keys to the understanding of development conditions and progress. Major emphases coincide with themes of population, urbanization, resources, agrarian structure, industrialization in the global economy and rural development. Select concepts and illustrations will be used to highlight, identify, and explain development progress or the lack thereof. The region includes Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Timor and the Philippines. In addition to lectures and discussions frequent use will be made of slides, videos, and films which focus on a variety of issues within these countries.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Identify major historical events shaping contemporary Southeast Asia
  • Apply geographical approaches and concepts to examine the uneven development in Southeast Asia
  • Analyze how globalization influences Southeast Asia and interacts with its local social, cultural and political contexts
  • Identify positive and negative effects of global economy on Asia, including national economies and individual livelihoods
  • Compare different visions and perspectives on Asia proposed by academics, governments, and non-profit organizations
  • Critically discuss problems pertaining contemporary Asia, and analytically assess the merits of proposed solutions
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to navigate the main topics of the course.
  • Students will be able to critically discuss the main defining features of Southeast Asian countries from the historical and geographic perspectives
  • Students will be able to explain how the change in social and spatial construction in Southeast Asia affected the development of the region
  • Apply geographical approaches and concepts to examine the uneven development in Southeast Asia
  • Students will be able to analyze the state of agriculture in Southeast Asian countries, its specifics and impact on the development of the region
  • Students will be able to apply theories of urbanization and population growth to specific cases and explain how they can be interpreted in the context of the region of study
  • Students will be able to compare how main religions of Southeast Asia interact with each other and influence various spheres of society in the countries of region of study
  • Students will be able to analyze the main stages in the development of colonialism, the differences in the forms of colonial dependence of Southeast Asian countries and how the legacy of colonialism continues to influence the current situation in the region
  • Students will be able to identify the main groups of languages of Southeast Asia and and analytically assess their evolutionary/extinction paths
  • Students will be able to compare different visions and perspectives on the problems of food security in the region
  • Students will be able to critically discuss problems pertaining contemporary Asian family structure and analytically assess the merits of their contribution to the economy
  • Students will be able to analyze the demographic state of the countries of the region of study and how it affects socio-economic policies in Southeast Asia
  • Students will be able to analyze the theory, history and the current situation in the areas of migration, including the law and general human mobility in the countries of Southeast Asia
  • Students will be able to apply geographical approaches to the main cases of refugee issues and the forcible displacement of civilians and how the countries of the region are looking for ways out of this situation
  • The students will be able to identify how urbanization influences Southeast Asia and interacts with its local social, cultural and political contexts
  • Students will be able to pinpoint the main stages of the history of the Green Revolution and apply geographical approaches and concepts to examine the main challenges of this phenomenon in the countries of the studied region
  • Students will be able to discuss how the megacities of the region emerge, the reasons for their appearance and how they affect the economies of the countries
  • Students will be able to identify positive and negative effects of changes in the field of transport systems of cities and how countries interact in the field of transport and infrastructure at the interstate level
  • Students will be able to explain in detail the scope of Agriculture in Southeast Asia, how it functions at an economic level
  • Students will be able to explain the causes of agricultural problems in Southeast Asia and ways to address them through reform
  • Students will be able to compare the rural development programs in 3 countries: Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, their differences and results
  • Students will be able to explain how the financial crisis spread across countries by regions, anti-crisis measures of governments and their implementation and impact
  • Students will be able to critically discuss problems pertaining Southeast Asia in the fields of communications and transport, and analytically assess the merits of proposed solutions
  • Students will be able to identify positive and negative effects that rapidly expanding tourism sector has on Southeast Asian countries
  • Students will be able to explain the history of industrialization and what impact this phenomenon continues to have at the present stage on the countries of Southeast Asia
  • Students will be able to compare the main transnational corporations in Southeast Asia, their position in the modern economic and political system of the region, the prospects and the problem of this phenomenon
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Course Introduction
    Brief Introduction to the Course, that will be discussed
  • What is Southeast Asia: Defining the region: major issues
    The topic will discuss the main defining features of Southeast Asian countries from the historical and geographic perspectives
  • The social and spatial construction of Southeast Asia
    The topic will discuss developing social and spatial construction of Southeast Asia from historical and geographic perspective
  • Southeast Asian physical geography
    The topic will discuss the physical geography of the region
  • Agriculture and food
    The topic will focus on agriculture, its specifics and impact on the development on Southeast Asian countries
  • Population and urbanization: general patterns
    The topic will discuss the basic theories of urbanization and population growth and how Southeast Asian countries respond to urbanization challenges
  • The Diffusion and Impact of Religion
    The topic will focus on main religions of the Southeast Asia, their interactions with each other and impact on the social, economic and political situation on the countries of the region of study
  • The Incursion of the West: Legacies of Colonialism
    The topic will cover main stages and basic forms of colonialism, its influence on the countries of the region from the historical perspective and how the legacy of colonialism continues to affect the main areas of society
  • Language Mosaics
    The topic will cover language classification of the region, the history of the distribution and penetration of languages into the countries of the region, the current situation in the policy of preservation of the endangered languages of small ethnic groups in Southeast Asia
  • Structure: Age and Gender (IDB Population Pyramids)
    The topic will cover main types of age-sex pyramids, their differentiation in Southeast Asia and how these data can help analyze the situation in a particular countries
  • Growth and Family Planning
    The topic will cover typical family structure in Southeast Asian countries, how new families are formed, and how the state supports the institution of the family
  • Nutrition, Disease and Infant-Child Mortality
    The topic will cover the problems of food security in the region, mass diseases and pandemics, child mortality, the sources of these problems and ways out of them
  • Migration Streams and Mobility
    The topic will cover theories of migration, the history of migration and the current situation in the field of migration and general mobility of people in the countries of the region
  • Refugee Movements and Displaced Population
    The topic will focus on the problem of refugees and forcibly displaced persons in Southeast Asia, the origins of this issue, how countries confront these challenges today
  • Levels and Patterns of Urbanization
    The topic will cover the levels and different models of urbanization in the countries of Southeast Asia as well as general and different features of the urbanization is selected countries
  • The Mega-Cities of Southeast Asia
    The topic will cover main megacities of Southeast Asia, the history of their formation, their impact on the economic situation in the country
  • Problems of Rapid Growth: Informal Sector, Employment
    The topic will cover the concept of the Green Revolution, how this phenomenon affects the countries of the region and the policies of countries in relation to this phenomenon
  • Transport in the Southeast Asian City
    The topic will cover the transport and infrastructure of the cities in the region, how countries interact with each other to advance the development of the infrastructure
  • The Nature of Agriculture: Commercial and Subsistence
    The topic will focus on agriculture: its economic and commercial functioning in the countries of the region
  • Land Tenure Issues and Reform
    The topic will focus on the problems of agricultural development and finding ways to reform to increase its effectiveness in different countries.
  • The Impact of the Green Revolution
    The topic will focus on the theme of the Green Revolution, its development in the countries of Southeast Asia and how countries support this phenomenon and what impact the green revolution has
  • Rural Development: Malaysia’s FELDA and Indonesia’s Transmigration Program; Vietnam’s ‘doi moi'
    The topic will focus on rural development programs in 3 countries in Southeast Asia
  • The Post-Financial Crisis Economies
    The topic will focus on the study of measures to overcome the economic crisis of various countries in the region, their effectiveness and the problems that countries have faced in the implementation of anti-crisis programs
  • Trends in Industrialization
    The topic will focus on the history of the development of Industrialization in Southeast Asia and what trends are taking place at the present stage
  • MNCs and Trade
    The topic will focus on transnational corporations in Southeast Asia and their impact on the economies and policies of countries in the region
  • The Enabling Mechanisms: Transport and Communications
    The topic will cover how globalization and urbanization impacts Southeast Asian countries in the spheres of transport and communications
  • The Role of Tourism
    The topic will cover the growing importance of international tourism in the region and the way it is no longer regarded as an income generator, creator of jobs, or socio-cultural phenomenon, but also serves as a tool to foster beneficial and locally driven development
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance
  • non-blocking Midterm Exam
    For the midterm, which will be a closed book in-class exam, you will be required to answer two essay questions.
  • non-blocking Class Participation
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    The final will be a take-home exam, in which you will answer one of two essay questions in the form of a brief paper (approximately five pages typed plus or minus a page, double-spaced).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * Attendance + 0.2 * Class Participation + 0.4 * Final Exam + 0.3 * Midterm Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Shaw, B. (2012). Dragons and Tigers: A Geography of South, East and Southeast Asia. Asian Studies Review, 36(3), 433–435. https://doi.org/10.1080/10357823.2012.712653

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Addressing Inequality in South Asia, Martín Rama, Tara Béteille, Yue Li, ISBN 978-1-464-80023-8, 2014
  • Andrews, Tim, et al. The Changing Face of Multinationals in South East Asia, Routledge, 2002. ProQuest Ebook Central
  • Kris H. Timotius, Paciencia Po Milan, Josef Margraf, Ecology of Insular Southeast Asia,Elsevier, 2006 ISBN 9780444527394
  • Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia, edited by Ira M. Robinson, UBC Press, 1995. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3412334.
  • Nishikawa, Yukiko. Human Security in Southeast Asia, Routledge, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central
  • Peggy Teo, T.C. Chang, K.C. Ho, In Advances in Tourism Research, Interconnected Worlds, Pergamon, 2001, ISBN 9780080436951