67711 - Sociology of Asiatic Countries

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Life on land

Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents



The course deals with migration involving Asian countries with the main focus on immigration and outmigration involving China and Japan. In particular, it will discuss the role of China and Japan in the so-called ‘global land grabbing’, the effects of the Chinese and Japanese presence in Africa, inter-Asian migration, and some outstanding socio-cultural shifts in China and Japan linked to migration.

Video-clips and documentary films (in English) will be analyzed.

Besides, the course also offers an introduction to social research discussing some research methodologies. In particular, a focus on visual sociology will enable the students to better interpret the video-clips and documentary films.


* Handouts will be provided by the instructor

Teaching methods

Classroom teaching;

ppt presentations, video clips watching and commenting

Assessment methods

Written exam with four open questions based on the course program. The student will be evaluated for their comprehension of the relevant issues and their ability to answer the questions using the proper register. For each question an answer of about one page is expected. Answers are marked from 0 to 7,5. The duration of the exam will be two hours and a half. 

The written exam can be reduced for those students that will do one or more of the followings:

1: a presentation followed by discussion with the class of academic paper/s chosen by the instructor (written exam: 3 questions instead of four).

2. a presentation followed by discussion with the class of video/s different from those already included in the program (written exam: 3 questions instead of four).

3. an interview (at least one hour) with persons knowledgeable in the subject on issues discussed in class. The interview/s should be transcribed, commented in a written form and presented to the class (written exam: 3 questions instead of four).

Teaching tools

multi media tools

Office hours

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