Introductory Course to East Asian Community: Cultural, Political and Economic Aspects
Course Duration: September 2018- December 2018
Reason and Purpose of Opening the course:
The Course “Introductory Course to East Asian Community: Cultural, Political and Economic Aspects” is integrated in the Master programme “International Politics and Economics” as an optional course in the first semester. The course will be repeated with each intake into the Master programme, annually.
Objectives of course introduction at Mykolas Romeris University:
The course shall be a part of the Master programme “International Politics and Economics” and aims to provide students of the Master programme “International Politics and Economics” with an interdisciplinary insights and knowledge of Asian countries history, philosophy and culture, and develop their ability to analyze regional processes on the background of deep understanding of the core essence of these processes;
Students of the programme are expected to be able to provide recommendations and proposals on the issues of international politics, economics based on the analysis of political, social, economic and cultural processes in Asian countries, therefore by taking the course they will know Asia’s countries specifics of political and economic systems, also philosophy and culture, thus be able to evaluate their dynamics of development and their role in the world;
Apart from content knowledge, students shall benefit intellectually from the diversity of incoming professors of different cultures, academic fields and regions, therefore shall have a broad multicultural experience enriching their academic and personal growth;
Formation of the course content:
Topics of the course are selected to enrich the subject specific and generic competences of students taking the Master programme “International Politics and Economics”. They cover a wide range of political, but also economic, cultural and philosophical aspects of Asian countries, such as Japan, China and South Korea.
Academic staff of the courses has been chosen from Asian and European Countries, and the USA, based on their academic experience and research interests deeply rooted and relevant for the Master programme content.
The course is designed to match the expected workload of a typical course unit of a master programme – 6 ECTS credits, where a total student workload is 162 hours, of which 66 hours are in class contact hours and 96 hours are of independent work hours. Contact hours shall take place in a form of onsite lectures and seminars which are taught by a pool of international academic staff of the course.
Coherence of the teaching by experts and the assessment strategy shall be ensured through academic coordination of the course by a single responsible academic (Benas Brunalas) who is the leader of the entire Master programme “International Politics and Economics”. The students of the course will be assessed according to the applicable grading system at Mykolas Romeris University – t.i. by using a criterial ten-point grading scale for assessment of the learning outcomes and a cumulative nature of assessment in order to ensure active work of students during the studies. Interim evaluations shall be applied and the final grade shall be made of the grades of interim evaluations and grades of the final examination (or final essay). Usually, the assessment of the final examination makes 40-50 per cent of the final grade, whereas that of interim evaluations – 50-60 per cent.
Though the course is integrated in the master programme “International Politics and Economics”, it will also be offered as an elective course for MRU students from other disciplines, and as an open, free course for students from other universities, institutions and social partners who are interested to deepen their knowledge in Asian politics, culture and history. All participants shall receive a certificate upon completion of the course and MRU students will receive full academic recognition where both exam results and gained credits shall be written into their transcripts (or diploma supplements). Moreover, top performing, outstanding MRU students and individuals from other universities, colleges and institutions will be eligible to receive scholarships from the One Asia Foundation.
Past Student’s Impressions
Jannik Schmidt (German student): “During my Erasmus stay at MRU in the Autumn Semester 2017/2018 I attended the One Asia Foundation Program. First of all I have to admit that I did not plan to join this Lectures in the beginning. I visited the kick-off event just because another course had ended earlier. But during this event, the lovely coordinator Keisha, presented the content and purpose of the program. Eventually I joined the program and I have not regret this decision until now. In the beginning we faced some issues like timetable overlaps but Keisha gave her best to make as much possible suitable for us. Over the semester we students had the incredible chance to attend lectures, held by different Professors from all over the world. As a result of our quite small group we personally interact with the professors. From intensive discussions to dinners – we did everything with our caring teachers. As the final exam we had to hand in and present an essay about current topics in the world. Every student who gave this exam successfully got a scholarship from the One Asia Foundation. As you probably can imagine we almost spent all in Salento in the following night ;)”