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2013/2014  BA-1ASC  Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective

English Title
Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Benjamin Faigen - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Benjamin Faigen
Main academic disciplines
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 16-10-2013
Learning objectives
After having completed the course the students will be able:
  • To demonstrate the ability to comprehend the complex and dynamic inter-relations between different parts of society and culture holistically
  • To demonstrate the ability to analyse different social institutions through various sociological perspectives, including functionalism and conflict theories.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of course material concerning sociological approaches to various social phenomena, such as the linkages between economics, culture and society.
  • To demonstrate competence in comparing Chinese and/or Japanese societies with other societies, using relevant sociological theories as the common bases of comparison.
Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Written exam based on a topic given by teacher. 5 standard pages.

Course content and structure

Aim of the course: To provide students with the sociological foundation to understanding different aspects of society and culture, particularly Chinese and Japanese societies. By moving beyond economy and management practices, the course aims to offer a holistic understanding of Chinese and Japanese societies and cultures. The issues will be relevant to foreigners conducting business in China, Japan and other Chinese-dominant Asian countries because they will learn about the cultural and institutional foundations behind these societies’ practices and behaviour.

Course content: With regards to China, Japan and also other societies, the course will offer specific discussions on (1) theories to understanding society and culture; and (2) various social institutions, such as education, family and the labour market. A set of theoretical and methodological tools is thus presented to students to further their studies in ASP.

Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussion, with presentations. CBS Learn will be used as a teaching tool.
Further Information

This course is an essential prerequisite for 2nd and 3rd year disciplinary courses in the ASP: specifically, Asian Economic Organisation & Competitiveness and Regional Economic Integration in Asia, and complements the 1st Year Project.

Expected literature

Macionis, J.J. and Plummer, K. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction, 5th edition..Singapore: Pearson Education


Last updated on 16-10-2013