Course syllabus RPJVAA - Development Problems in SE Asia in English (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: RPJVAA
Course title in language of instruction: Development Problems in SE Asia in English
Course title in Czech: Development Problems in SE Asia in English
Course title in English: Development Problems in SE Asia in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: prof. Dr. Ing. Libor Grega (supervisor)
Prerequisites: not Development Problems in SE Asia
Aims of the course:
The aim of the course is to make students acquited with regional geography of Asia, colonial and post-colonial period in South-East Asia, Cold War's consequences in the region,politics and development in 1990s, economic crises 1997-1998 in the region,demographic aspects of development in South-East Asia, migration trends from broader geographical perspective, remittances, skilled migration and development, environmental limits of development, contemporary trends of economic development,and millenium development goals in South-East Asia.
Course contents:
1.Introduction, conditions (allowance 2/2)
2.Regional geography of Asia (allowance 2/0)
3.Colonial and post-colonial period in South-East Asia, Cold War's consequences in the region (allowance 2/4)
4.Politics and development in 1990s, economic crises 1997-1998 in the region (allowance 2/2)
5.Demographic aspects of development in South-East Asia, migration trends from broader geographical perspective (allowance 4/4)
6.Remittances, skilled migration and development (allowance 4/4)
7.Environmental limits of development (allowance 2/2)
8.Contemporary trends of economic development (allowance 2/2)
9.Millenium development goals in South-East Asia (allowance 2/2)
10.India and South-East Asia (allowance 2/2)
11.China and South-East Asia (allowance 2/2)
12.Conclusion and students outcomes evaluation (allowance 2/2)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-Ability to work independently
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information
-Work in team

Specific competences:
-Ability to make a conceptual examination of development incentives in particular regions
-Familiarity with and understanding developing issues of Southeast Asia
-Knowledge and understanding of dimension od development of Sout East Asia and its limits.
-Knowledge of environmental, demographic and migration trends in South East Asia region.

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice26 h
     seminar4 h
     consultation12 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     preparation of presentation16 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
Evaluation of: team presentation, written noters, essay, and individual oral exam.

a) presentation: 30 min + 15 min. discussion
- team = 3 students
- form: electronic and oral presentation
b) written notes
- submitted only personally at the beginnign of lecture in readible written form
- 3-5 ths. signs (not more!)
- content: the most important information, conclusions, and data, including citation of resources, individual critical reviews and comments
- form: especially headlines, exceptionally whole text
- evauation 0-5 points
- to pass the course at least 23 points are required (of max. 30)
c) seminar work
- both in electronic and written form (on CD)
- deadline: will be specified at first lecture
- topic: the same as for presentation
- the same team as for presentation

Structure of seminar work (3 students):
1. Introduction (cca 2000-3000 signs)
2. Literature review (cca 16.000 signs)
3. Conclusion - personal opinion about the topic and reviewed literature (2000 signs)
For preparation of presentation and seminar work must be used following resources:
1. At least 2 articles from a journal from following databases:
- ISI Web of Knowledge (WoS) -
- ebsco -
- scopus -
- ulrich -
Databases can be approached via university information system, secondary resources may used via google scholars.

2. Further textbook or study.
3. For analysis is needed to confront results with further two articles on analysed topic.
4. Citation must be done in accordance with norm from WoS: Bibliographic citations of documents ISO 690 and ISO 690-2 (
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQSouth-East Asia: a political profileNw YorkOxford University Press20050-19-551757-1
RQRAMESH, M. -- ASHER, M G.Welfare capitalism in Southeast Asia: social security, health, and education policiesNew YorkPalgrave Macmillan2000978-03-1223-016-6
RQRIGG, J.Southeast Asia: the human landscape of modernization and developmentLondonRoutledge20030-415-25639-9
RQROBISON, R.The political economy of South-East Asia: conflicts, crises and changeMelbourneOxford University Press20010-19-551349-5
READB: Asian Development Outlook 2008. URL:
REGREENOUGH, P.; LOWENHAUPT, A. Nature in the Global South. Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia. Durban: Duke University Press, 2003.


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