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2013/2014  BA-PALCS  Presentations on Asian Languages, Cultures & Societies

English Title
Presentations on Asian Languages, Cultures & Societies

Course information

Language English
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration Two Semesters
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Juan Ding - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 11-12-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Discuss the ways in which global forces have interacted with regional and local situations in East Asia.
  • Make informed comparisons about the cultural, historical, economic, and political in the development of contemporary China and Japan
  • Place major events in China and Japan according to a timeline and analyze relevant current news from China and Japan according to its historical and cultural contexts
  • Be interested and curious about the peoples and culture of East Asia.
  • Be skilled in power point presentation and good at communication and discussion in teamwork.
PALCS Oral exam based on written Product:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The PowerPoint project will be a comprehensive introduction to a famous Asian person, place, artifact, or event. You chose what person/thing to study. You will make at least 10 slides, which should speak for themselves. Each slide should feature a mix of text and images. All text and images should be hyperlinked to the web page where you found the information.
Course content and structure
PALCS is a one year preparatory course provided by the Asian Studies Programme (ASP). This course looks at the various elements that make up and structure the contemporary East Asia, especially China and Japan. This includes history, culture, economy and its role in global community. Attention is paid to the ways in which each of these elements creates and organizes social life in general. The course entails some historical overview and comparison with earlier moments (especially the early 20th century), but the emphasis is on the situation now. It is also meant to provide a comparative view between major Asian nations, China and Japan. The aim of this course is to help students form a comprehensive and systematic understanding about Asian issues.

This course has three aims.
1. It will provide an introductory survey of the development of modern society mainly in East Asia by drawing on insights and theories from a range of disciplines. It will attempt to convey not only the richness of the historic past in the east Asian region but also some appreciation of the issues behind several contemporary debates.
2. The course will consider how “Asian Studies” is constituted in the West. Regions of Asia have long been closely associated historically and culturally, and the similarities are as revealing as the differences. By opening the discussion of Asian Studies to multiple perspectives, the course encourages greater appreciation of cross-border exchange and the trans-nationalist reality of our increasingly connected world.
3.  We will seek general insights into the wealth and poverty, and the power and weakness, of the main Asian nations. That will effect as a link bridge to the Asian business specified courses in the Y1 and Y2.
Teaching methods
The students are taught in plenum sessions for both languages together.
Group work and student presentations are integrated parts of the teaching. Part of the teaching will take place in pc rooms.
Last updated on 11-12-2013