INTLC221-21B (HAM)

Understanding East Asia

15 Points

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: alexandra.cullen@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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The object of this paper is to explore traditional and contemporary aspects of Chinese and Japanese history, society and culture. The paper examines key features of China's and Japan's social and cultural development, as well as some of the historical, cultural and trading interconnections between the two countries, and with the rest of the world. It looks at the relationship between mainstream and minority cultures in the two societies, as well as the multi-faceted links (family, marriage, work, trade) with New Zealand, and with Maori.

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Paper Structure

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Weekly topics of lectures will be presented via a mixture of Panopto recordings and Powerpoint on Moodle. These materials will normally be posted on Thursday or Friday of each week. Students will then have until Wednesday of the following week to prepare for their tutorial.

Students will be notified via Moodle when new materials have been posted.

Students will attend tutorials via Zoom, unless otherwise specified.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Students who complete this course will:-

    - have an expanded understanding of some of the key social and cultural features that have shaped the societies of China and Japan, from ancient times up to the present day;

    -have an enhanced appreciation of the cultural similarities and divergences across East Asia;

    -have developed an awareness of some of the contemporary issues facing China and Japan, and be able to place these in historical context;

    -gained some insight into issues surrounding the relationship between mainstream society and indigenous/minority groups;

    -have acquired an understanding of the main historical and cultural connections between China/Japan and New Zealand, and between the Chinese/Japanese people and Maori;

    -be able to demonstrate their enhanced understanding in written form and in an oral presentation.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. China module - 1 online assignment
9 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. China module - Test
18 Aug 2021
3:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. China module - Essay
30 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Japan module - 1 online assignment
27 Sep 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Japan module - Student presentations
13 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Presentation: In Class
6. Japan module - Test
20 Oct 2021
3:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings for this paper. Suggested reading lists will be supplied on individual topics.
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Recommended Readings

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Suggested readings lists will be given out in lectures.
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lectures so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down.

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Workload

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This paper involves 1 contact hour per week, plus an additional 10 hours (approx.) to view Panopto recordings and PPT materials, and to prepare for two online assignments, an essay, a presentation and two tests.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: CHIN221, CHIN222, JAPA221, JAPA222, INTL221

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