Estonia, Tartu

Current Social Issues in East Asia: Aging Societies and the Role of Women

when 12 August 2019 - 23 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1000

East Asia is often discussed from the perspectives of global economy, international relations or ancient history and culture. However, there are other economic and societal topics deserving the limelight and discussion in a summer school setting. The summer school Current Social Issues in East Asia: Ageing Societies and the Role of Women brings two topics to the fore.

China, Japan and Korea are all facing challenges due to their ageing populations. This makes them interestingly comparable to most European states. The summer university seeks to find answers to questions as: What is the economic impact of ageing societies? How are the challenges being dealt with? What could be learned from the experiences of East Asian states? What does it mean to become old in contemporary East Asia? Equally important are questions about the changing role of women. East Asian societies have for centuries followed gender roles based on Confucian values. Over the recent decades, major shifts have occurred due to changes in the political and economic systems. What is the current role and position of women in East Asian societies? How are women’s rights upheld? How does the changing role of women impact the economy?

The two topics are interlinked and have multiple layers that will be dissected during the summer school. The topics discussed at this summer school are of interest to students of various disciplines. Economics students will learn about economic challenges and opportunities in the changing setting. Students of culture studies will get an understanding of the conflict between traditional values and contemporary changes. Political scientists will be interested in how politics and regulations are used to tackle these issues or how they have been intensified by misguided politics. The summer university will focus on the cases of Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam with comparisons drawn with Europe and Estonia.

This is the second Asia-related summer university held at the University of Tartu. The purpose of the summer school is to contribute to the ongoing studies or previous experience of students interested in East Asia. The two-week programme is full of theoretical lectures, interesting case studies, interactive seminars and thought-provoking group works. The University of Tartu is due to open an MA programme in Asian and Middle Eastern studies in autumn 2019.

Some of the topics to be covered in lectures and interactive seminars:

The implications of ageing societies on East Asian economies
Japan – a demographic catastrophe waiting to happen?
Mobilising women in the workforce – a solution for Japan?
Becoming old in East Asia – tradition and contemporary issues
The impact of ageing on economies – a theoretical approach
Women’s health and maternity in East Asia: conflict between social expectations and policy
The history and contemporary results of one child/two child policy in China and Vietnam
Economic implications of left-behind children in China
Prostitution and human trafficking in South East Asia and East Asia
Role of Women in the Confucian Tradition
The painful history of comfort women
Political activism of Women in East Asia: MeToo movements in Korea and Japan in the global context
Pay gap issues in Korea: surprising similarities with Estonia
Fighting violence against women: Estonia in the global context
+ Practical field trip to Tallinn (Family violence in Estonia; Human trafficking experiences in Estonia)

The Summer School includes a culture program which is is composed of boat ride on the river Emajõgi, visit to a local museum, movie night, city tour in Tallinn old town and informal pub nights. Details will be specified as the summer school comes closer.

Course leader

Mari Mäesaar, mari.maesaar@ut.ee

Target group

The programme is designed for BA and MA level students, but we welcome applications from all adults including university students, professionals and other experts, regardless of educational background.

Course aim

The purpose of the summer school is to contribute to the ongoing studies or previous experience of students interested in East Asia. The two-week programme is full of theoretical lectures, interesting case studies, interactive seminars and thought-provoking group works. The University of Tartu is due to open an MA programme in Asian and Middle Eastern studies in autumn 2019.

Fee info

EUR 1000: Programme fee 1000 € includes tuition fee, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, the services of the host university with the accommodation in double rooms at student dormitory.

Participants can also organise their own housing, in this case the tuition fee for the academic and cultural programme is 700 €.

Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.
EUR 700: Programme fee includes tuition fee, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host university.
Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.

Scholarships

Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses