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MPAS2008 Advanced Country Studies 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
University Lecturer, University Teacher (Japan), University Lecturer (Korea) / CEAS
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

Through this self-study unit students deepen their knowledge on the contemporary social and political issues of a chosen East Asian nation.


Students must choose a total of ca. 1,000 pages of research literature on one country from the three lists of course books below: China, Japan, and the two Koreas. It is recommended that students take this exam after having taken MPAS2106 Modern Histories of East Asian Countries. This exam can be substituted by writing a literature review based on several books of the student's choice after consultation with the examiner.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Study materials

Choose 3 books from one of the following lists

  • Literature on China:
    • Shirk, Susan L.:China – Fragile Superpower (2007)
    • Fewsmith, Joseph: Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (2013)
    • Zhao, Yuezhi: Communication in China (2008)
    • Mattlin, Mikael: Politicized Society – the Long Shadow of Taiwan’s One-Party Legacy (2010)
    • Vogel, Ezra F.: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (2011)
    • Jacka, Tamara, Andrew B. Kipnis and Sally Sargeson: Contemporary China: Society and Social Change(2013)
    • Chen Jie: Transnational Civil Society in China – Intrusion and Impact (2012)
    • Zhou, Kate: China's Long March to Freedom: Grassroots Modernization (2011)
  • Literature on Japan:
    • Inoguchi, Takashi & Purnendra Jain (eds.): Japanese Politics Today: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy (2011)
    • Kingston, Jeff: Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan  (2012)
    • Blake Willis, David and Murphy-Shigematsu, Stephen (eds.): Transcultural Japan: At the Borderlands of Race, Gender and Identity (2008)
    • Fujimura-Fanselow, Kumiko: Transforming Japan : how feminism and diversity are making a difference (2011)
    • Goodman, Roger, Yuki Imoto and Tuukka Toivonen (eds.): A Sociology of Japanese Youth (2012)
  • Literature on Korea:
    • Kihl, Young Whan and Hong Nack Kim (eds.): North Korea –The Politics of Regime Survival (2005)
    • Kihl, Young Whan: Transforming Korean Politics: Democracy, Reform, and Culture (2004)
    • Kim, Byung-Kook and Ezra F. Vogel (eds.): The Park Chung Hee Era : the Transformation of South Korea (2011)
    • Chang, Yunshik and Steven Lee (eds.): Transformations in Twentieth-Century Korea (2006)
    • Armstrong, Charles (ed.): Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the State (2nd edition 2007)
    • Kwon, Heonik and Byung-Ho Chung: North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics (2012)

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Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
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Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
Political Science