List of courses held in the spring semester 2023 on Asia and Middle East

Courses in the spring semester 2022-2023 on Asia and Middle East held in English are following:

USUS.08.023 Cultural and Religious Roots of the Middle East 

Lecturers: Anu Põldsam, Urmas Nõmmik, Elo Süld, Vladimir Sazonov, Priit Rohtmets 

The main objective of the course is to introduce students to the wide-reaching relevance of historical-cultural influences and of religion to the character and composition of societies in the Middle East since antiquity. Through a wide chronological and geographical lens, students will gain insight into the roles and dynamics that religion plays in modern societies in the Middle East. The aim of the course is also to show how religious and temporal power are contingent on the cultural contexts in which they emerge and to introduce these contexts to the students. 

HVUS.06.006 Society, Religion and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East 
Lecturer: Helen Haas, Elo Süld, Vladimir Sazonov, Anu Põldsam, Maili Vilson  

The main objectives of the course are to: 
1) give a review of different political models in Middle East and North Africa, 
2) describe the dynamics of Middle Eastern and North African political regimes and movements and their peculiarities, 
3) assess current changes in political and social settings of Islamic societies and the role of religion in them, 
4) substantiate the correspondence of political and social outcomes and cultural and religious reasons. 

HVLC.08.012 Chinese for Beginners I (on the Basis of English), Level 0 > A1.1 

Lecturer: Mart Tšernjuk 

Mastering the basics of spoken and written Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin). It contains: (1) basic rules for pronunciation; (2) using Chinese phonetic alphabet (pinyin) for writing Chinese words; (3) basic rules and principles of Chinese characters (hanzi/kanji); (4) mastering the elementary vocabulary and speech patterns in speech and writing. 

HVLC.08.013 Chinese for Beginners II (on the Basis of English), Level A1.1 > A1.2 

Lecturer: Mart Tšernjuk 

Mastering the basics of modern spoken and written Chinese (Mandarin). Practicing reading, conversation (in the limits of topics and vocabulary given in the textbook), and writing characters; learning the basic rules of grammar and syntax of the Chinese language. 

HVLC.08.014 Chinese for Beginners III (on the Basis of English), Level A1.2 > A2.1 

Lecturer: Mart Tšernjuk 

After passing the course, students can 
commnicate in Chinese at the elementary primary level read adapted texts 
write and recognize ca 800 characters of everyday use. 

USUS.06.143 Classical Arabic B 

Lecturer: Imar Yacine Koutchoukali   

Through the course, the student will deepen their understanding of Classical Arabic grammar. At the end of the semester, the student will have gained a deeper understanding of Classical Arabic phonology, morphology, and syntax. 

FLLC.08.008 Korean History (on the Basis of English)  

Lecturer: Jung Ran Park 

This course will seek to provide students a broad understanding of Korean history, By doing so, it is hoped that students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of Korean history and the various people who lived it. 

HVLC.08.016 Korean for Beginners I (on the Basis of English), Level 0 > A1.1 

Lecturer: Jung Ran Park 

This course aims to develop basic linguistic skills in Korean. Students will learn and practice fundamental vocabulary and grammar in order to talk about their daily life. They will understand and use Korean better by carrying out simple communicative activities and tasks. 

HVLC.08.017 Korean for Beginners II (on the Basis of English), Level A1.1 > A1.2 

Lecturer: Jung Ran Park 

This course aims to develop basic linguistic skills in Korean. Students will learn and practice fundamental vocabulary and grammar in order to talk about their daily life. They will understand and use Korean better by carrying out simple communicative activities and tasks. 

HVLC.08.018 Korean for Beginners III (on the Basis of English), Level A1.2 > A2.1 

Lecturer: Jung Ran Park 

This course aims to develop speaking skills in Korean language by focusing on general topics of daily life. 

SVJS.00.002 Political Development in East and Southeast Asia 
Lecturers: Chueiling Shin (visiting lecturer in Asian Politics)
This course will provide a comparative study of political developments in East and Southeast Asia since the 20th century in the context of ethnic and cultural differences, and democratic and economic development. The course has two main objectives, firstly to understand the characteristics of East Asia regimes and secondly to explore alternative options for democratisation in the region. 

SVMJ.07.004 Doing business in Asia - theory and practice 

Lecturers: Tiia Vissak, Liisi Karindi 

he general aim of the course is to create skills needed to operate in the globalised economy. The objective is to develop for students a basic knowledge about the international business, with the clear focus on the Asian region. The course gives an understanding about other firms' business practices in Asia and Asian firms' business practices in other countries. This course is especially relevant for the students, future employees of private and public firms, which are doing different type of business in Asia. It is useful also for the wider audience in order to understand specificity of Asian business environment and practices.a 

SVMJ.07.008 Business Mindsets in East Asia 
Lecturers: Eva Liias 
In pace with the increasing importance of emerging markets in nowadays' global economy, this course aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of mindset development in East Asian cultures and its reflections in business behaviors and management. The focus is particularly on China, South Korea and Japan. 

Further information is found in SIS. 

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