ASIA 1104 - Negotiating Asia: Surviving Cultural Differences

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

How can Australian students begin to understand how to manage when travelling and working in Asia or even within Australia? How can Asians understand how others see them? Negotiating Asia introduces first year students to some of key features of China, Japan and other relevant countries, in order to help them better understand how to communicate effectively and achieve what they need; how to negotiate the outcomes they want. Negotiating Asia introduces some the ways cultural differences are manifested, their origins and their consequences in language, social interaction, business, government and diplomacy. It will both stress the differences between nations and cultures, as well as highlight some the common origins and common features, such as the use of characters in writing, language, religions and philosophy. We will explore some key basic personal interactions including those surrounding food and eating, the importance of gift giving, notions of `face? etc. The nature of business and personal relations will be explored and explained. The ways that national cultures influence government-to-government relations and diplomacy and shape issues such as treaty writing, apologies and the like will discussed and their ramifications debated.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ASIA 1104
    Course Negotiating Asia: Surviving Cultural Differences
    Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description How can Australian students begin to understand how to manage when travelling and working in Asia or even within Australia? How can Asians understand how others see them? Negotiating Asia introduces first year students to some of key features of China, Japan and other relevant countries, in order to help them better understand how to communicate effectively and achieve what they need; how to negotiate the outcomes they want.

    Negotiating Asia introduces some the ways cultural differences are manifested, their origins and their consequences in language, social interaction, business, government and diplomacy. It will both stress the differences between nations and cultures, as well as highlight some the common origins and common features, such as the use of characters in writing, language, religions and philosophy.

    We will explore some key basic personal interactions including those surrounding food and eating, the importance of gift giving, notions of `face? etc. The nature of business and personal relations will be explored and explained. The ways that national cultures influence government-to-government relations and diplomacy and shape issues such as treaty writing, apologies and the like will discussed and their ramifications debated.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot

    Dr Gerry Groot
    Department of Asian Studies
    School of Social Sciences
    Room 638A Kenneth Wills Blgd
    Ph 83134312

    Dr Shoko Yoneyama
    Department of Asian Studies
    School of Social SciencesRoom
    638 Kenneth Wills Blgd
    Ph 83135187

    Department of Asian Studies Office
    Ms Nicole Jesenko
    Tel: 61-8-8313-3737
    Email: nicole.jesenko@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    1 x 1 hour - Lecture + 1 x 2 hours - workshops

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Obtain knowledge and understanding of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian societies and cultures
    2. Integrate theoretical knowledge with empirical evidence
    3. Learn to engage with the ideas and perspectives of other learners
    4. Learn to analyse issues in Asian societies and culture critically and creatively
    5. Come to understand how culture can influence social, economic and diplomatic activity
    6. Learn analytic skills for developing and defending an argument
    7. Develop skills in synthesising and contextualising new information
    8. Develop academic writing skills
    9.Develop visual analysis and interpretation skills




     

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2,3,6, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students must have an A4 Notebook or relevant digital equivalent for noting all lectures, workshops and readings. (See Notebook and Participation in Assessment)
    Recommended Resources
    MyUni and Turnitin will be used extensively with additional materials and sources supplied as developed by the coordinators.

    A Course Reader will be available from Image and Copy Centre, Level 1 Hughes Bldg.
    Online Learning
    MyUni/Canvas will be used extensively in this course but your ability to use video resources from the Barr-Smith Library and find others online using Youtube, Youku and others.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will provide students with the background necessary to understand and respond to the Workshops. These will involve case studies and video materials explaining the history, theories and concepts behind cultural attitudes and their manifestations.

    When possible, the experience of international students will be used to personalise, dramatise and make salient the behaviours and customs under discussion.

    The assessments stress the use of concepts learned in lectures and derived from the Course Reader and applying these to explain examples of common behaviours. In many cases this means analysing film and video clips. On occaision, field trips will be used to the same effect.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    TOTAL HOURS = 1 x 1 - hour lectures per week = 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2 - hour Workshop per week = 24 hours per semester +

    Extracurricular - App. 6 hours reading per week = 72 hours per semester + 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week - 24 hours per semester

    TOTAL = App 156 hours per semester




    Learning Activities Summary

    1 - Introduction: about Negotiating Asia
    2 - Knowing yourself - culture, identity and Culture Shock
    3 - Communicating - language and learning
    4 - Friendships
    5 - Knowing ones' place - heirarchy and authority
    6 - Hierarchy and Authority (Confucianism etc.)
    7 - Business, Work & Money (China)
    8 - Business, Work & Money (Japan)
    9 - Love and Sex (Gender relations, foreign vs local, marriage, attitudes to sex, LGBT issues)
    10 - Religion and Spirituality (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto inc. death & ghosts)
    11 - Culture & International Relations – The Use of History, Humiliation, Apologies and Pride
    12 -Summary

    Subject to change depending on circumstances.



    Specific Course Requirements
    Field trips may be scheduled instead of lectures if deemed suitable and/or practical.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE will be built into the worshop experience. The role of personal experience of students in Asian contexts will be particularly important as will be the role of the lecturer/tutor in helping students related their understandings to academic research and theories.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASKS

    Participation & Notebook
    Formative
    and Summative - 20%

    Homework Exercises
    Formative
    and Summative - 40%

    Take-home Exam which may include film/video clip analysis.
    App 2000 words
    Formative
    and Summative - 40%




    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation & Notebook 20% -

    Homework Assignments
    Film/video analysis - 40%

    Takehome Exam - Film Analysis 40%
    Assessment Detail
    Please Consult Course Guide for ASIA 1104 on Canvas after enrolling.
    Submission
    All Assignments except the Notebook, will be submitted online via Canvas.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Negotiating Asia was first offered in 2016.
    It received outstanding evaluations from students for its use of blogs and film analysis, the effectiveness of its workshops and the nature of its assignments.  The key weakness which became apparent towards the end of the course was the lack of emphasis on adequate frameworks which resulted in too many students failing to develop observations to the extent that they could be used to undertake deeper analysis. The fact that both an expert on China and Japan took the lectures and the workshops was especially well received though as in 2017, this not always possible but depends on staff availability. In 2017 Dr Yoneyama is on leave.
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