Institutions and Political Process in Asia

A.Y. 2022/2023
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
Course syllabus
The course explores the modern and contemporary history of the representative countries of East Asia: China, Japan and Vietnam. Lectures focus on the rise of China in the regional and global context, from the opium wars to the present; on the foundation of the People's Republic of China; on the emergence of the modern state in Japan and expansionism in East Asia; on the evolution of Japan after World War II; on the French colonization in South-East Asia and the process of independence and decolonization of Vietnam. Particular attention will be given to regional relations and disputes.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required
Teaching methods
Lectures, visual and textual sources.
Teaching Resources
Required material:
Attending students
Guido Samarani, La Cina nel Novecento. Dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Einaudi, 2017.
and One textbook of your choice
Francesco Gatti, Storia del Giappone contemporaneo, Bruno Mondadori, 2002.
Francesco Gatti, Rosa Caroli, Storia del Giappone, Laterza, 2017, from chapter 8th
Barbara Onnis, La Cina nelle relazioni internazionali, Carocci, 2011.
Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino, 2020.
Jonathan Neale, Storia popolare della guerra del Vietnam, Il Saggiatore, 2008.

Not attending students:
Guido Samarani, La Cina nel Novecento. Dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Einaudi, 2017.
and two textbooks of your choice:
Francesco Gatti, Storia del Giappone contemporaneo, Bruno Mondadori, 2002, from chapter 8th.
Barbara Onnis, La Cina nelle relazioni internazionali, Carocci, 2011.
Mitchell K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, il Mulino, 2020.
Jonathan Neale, Storia popolare della guerra del Vietnam, Il Saggiatore, 2008.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Miorandi Arianna
Shifts:
Turno
Professor: Miorandi Arianna
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