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2010/2011  BA-1ASC  Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective

English Title
Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
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
Can-Seng Ooi
Main Category of the Course
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After having completed the course the students will be able:
To demonstrate the ability to comprehend the complex and dynamic inter-relationships between different parts of society, that is, to understand 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.
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Duration 72 Hours
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

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 businesses 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, mass media and industrial relations. 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. SiteScape 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.


Macionis, J.J. and Plummer, K. 2008. Sociology: A Global Introduction, 4th edition..Singapore: Pearson Education
This compendium and assigned articles from the CBS library’s electronic databases.

To help cultivate the habit of using the CBS Library electronic databases, and also to keep the price of this volume down, this compendium contains only readings that cannot be downloaded from the library’s electronic databases. Articles that are found in this compendium are marked by this gray shading. Lecturers may assign more basic and supplementary readings later.