What is the course about?
In Western media, education and politics, Asia is often either overlooked as a global region, explained through Western optics, or portrayed as if the West holds no responsibility for problems in the region. Currently, global politics is pivoting towards Asia after centuries of European and American dominance. Understanding Asian history is thus vital to understanding the global changes of today and tomorrow.
What will we cover?
Over five classes, this course will centre Asia and the peoples and states of Asia in its own global history with broad strokes.
- Introduction and Asia as a Global Hub
- Asia and the Empires of Europe, Japan and the US
- Decolonisation and the Cold War: Same old?
- The ‘(Re)emergence of Asia’ and the ‘Decline of the West’?
- State Power, Protest and Social Movements.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain Asia's position within global networks
- Describe some of Asia's history
- Discuss Asia from a reflective perspective.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ‘introductory’ and does not require previous studies on the topic. However, curiosity and a willingness to discuss will help both your learning and class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course does not require work outside class although you might find it useful to explore the media landscape alongside the classes. Typically, the classes will be a combination of teacher presentation, brief individual or team exercises, and, most importantly, group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might find a notebook or electronic device useful for notes. A folder for handouts might also be handy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk for further courses in the contemporary history and politics section.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details