workshop 2009 ASIA 100
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Asia and Japan are un-separable. Although the past is full of discord and conflict among the Asian nations, the problems we face now suggest that there is so much more to share to let the past interfere with the efforts for policy collaborations.
The 13 "Asian issues" offer the ground for such collaborations. A Kyoto University and a Keio University lecture in tandem raise the issue at each session, inviting the students to challenge their own thinkings on the matter. The participants, away from Kyoto-Keio nexus and from the sights in Asia, will voice their opinions through the "distant-learning" system, SOI Asia.


The main theme of this course is to offer a framework, by way of lectures and discussions among the participants, for critically examine policy issues of our time in the East Asian context. The participants do not need to be Asia "specialists," but are expected to be strongly committed to revising their "conventional" thinkings on policy matters such as pandemics, the environmental issues, regional integration and the like. Active participation in the discussion following a lecture IS an integral part of this course.


For those who are new to the field of Asian studies, we recommend to start with the annual World Bank Report, available (PDF) through Internet. Check the World Bank website. Our suggestion is that you familiarize yourself with all sorts "statistical" representations of East Asia. Of course, each annual report comes with the substantial text comments.

Assignments, Evaluation

Given the novelty of this joint "distant-learning" course, many of the "requirements" for the credit hinge upon the size of student participation. Minimum requirement, however, is a final 5-page essay which reflects the participant's grasp of the lectures and the changing awareness of where Asia is in your his/her mind before and after the major portion of the lecture series.
Workshop 2009 Asia 100 aims to make Asia into "one classroom" in collaboration with Keio University and Kyoto University. We now face various problems spreading beyond borders. To overcome these problems, firstly we must clarify and share the essence of the issues in Asia. Going through 13 "Asian Issues" we set, we will be aware that there would be "Asia-wide Learning Community" where students all over Asian countries gather by digital communication, discuss the matters and share the opinions.