Often East Asia is discussed from the perspectives of economy/business, international relations or ancient history and culture. However, there are other societal topics deserving the limelight and discussion in a summer school setting. The summer school “Current social issues in East Asia: aging societies and the role of women” brings two topics to the fore. First, the issue of aging societies. China, Japan and Korea are all facing challenges due to their aging populations. This makes them interestingly comparable to most European states. Second, the changing role of women. East Asian societies have for centuries followed gender roles based on Confucian values. In the past 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? What about labour and education opportunities and trends; participation in politics? The two topics are interlinked. A way to solve labour market shortages due to aging societies is to activate/tap into the work potential of women.
This is the second Asia related summer university held in Tartu University. 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 program is full of theoretical lectures, interesting case studies, interactive seminars and thought proving group works. The summer school is mainly focused on Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam. The topics discussed in this summer school are of interests for students of various disciplines. Economics students will learn about market changes. 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.
Applications are evaluated based on
Level: BA and MA
Credits: 4 ECTS
Time: 12-23 August, 2019
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.
The Asian Centre at the University of Tartu coordinates and develops research and teaching of Asian studies as a cooperation network between faculties. The aim of the Asian Centre is to make the Asian studies at the University of Tartu more visible and more beneficial for the society by arranging prestigious research events, developing the existing study modules, offering in-service training courses and popularising the acquired knowledge actively in the public. The Asian Centre at the University of Tartu attempts to involve all researchers, institutes and projects that deal with Asian themes in a broader or narrower sense into a cooperation network. The Centre forms a joint platform for these activities by uniting researchers within the University, contributing to the presentation of various research areas (Asian languages, Chinese and Japanese culture, Oriental religions, etc.) to the public and helping to find cooperation partners for launching research projects..
Photos by Marge Teder and Laura Roop