Societies, communities and governments across Asia

The objective is to equip students with the building blocks necessary to understand how societies in the region function with respect to political processes, economic development, and managing relations with civil society. This course is therefore an issue-oriented introduction to Asian societies and governments rather than a country-by-country overview..

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Understanding Asia session at SMU Singapore Management University

Asia comprises a diverse landscape of cultural practices, social structures, and political and economic systems. This complexity can present a challenge to professionals working in the region, particularly those engaged in corporate communications. How does one navigate potentially sensitive cultural and political concerns in the course of work? This class provides an overview of some major issues, from religion and human rights to nationalism and international relations, which affect daily life in the region.

The objective is to equip students with the building blocks necessary to understand how societies in the region function with respect to political processes, economic development, and managing relations with civil society. This course is therefore an issue-oriented introduction to Asian societies and governments rather than a country-by-country overview.