Study guide's YTK - China: Domestic, Global and Arctic Trajectories (30 ECTS) - sivuaine 20-21, 2020-21 information (E)

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This China focused minor studies program provides a unique opportunity to study China domestic trajectories and China’s pivotal global role “Before-Corona” (BC) era and in the unfolding “After-Corona” (AC) world system.

Corona virus has challenged and eventually will alter drastically our lives, societies and global system. China was one of the pivotal global players in the “Before-Corona” world order. China’s domestic and global trajectories will eventually shape our common destiny in the unfolding “After-Corona” era. However, simultaneously corona is challenging China’s leading Communist Party and is shaking Chinese political system. Hence, there are broadly two opposing scenarios. If Beijing succeeds to tackle domestic challenges, it will increase its relative global power and dominance in relation to other powers. However, if Beijing will be impotent in solving domestic challenges, the global community will face tremendous political and economic challenges.

This minor program is special, not only in the sense, that it provides an understanding of trajectories in history, culture, politics, society, media, law and economy of “Before-Corona” China, but moreover provides hands on analysis on how the virus challenges and alters Chinese society, how Beijing is rapidly adapting their global strategies, including in the Arctic regions during our unfolding “after-corona” era.

The completion of the minor studies program will provide students good skills, conceptual and theoretical tools of understanding domestic trajectories of globalizing China. After the completion of the course students are able to analyze how the inherent political and economic system of “Before-Corona” China condition and guide various strategies and politics of “After-Corona” China and interact with Chinese institutions and individuals in global and regional (Arctic) context.

The program is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students, exchange and Open university students from all disciplines. Leading national and visiting international specialists in their respective fields teach in the program. The teaching language is English. Study material are in English and consist and written, video and documentary material.

The minor studies program consists of five 5 study credits courses of which students can freely choose the required 25 study credits for their minor studies. Teaching period of the courses extends over the whole academic year. Studies can be completed by taking individual courses or completing the whole minor program.