Project Management in East Asia

Spring 2021

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Project Management in East Asia (4 ECTS)

Level: Master’s level

Language: English

Time: 11 January – 5 March, 2021

Organizer: University of Turku, Centre for East Asian Studies

Responsible teachers:  Outi Luova, Sabine Burghart, Yoko Demelius

Goals: This course is designed to train students in developing and ‘pitching’ a project idea, drafting a project proposal, and writing in a concise manner. At the end of the course students will be familiar with basic techniques of project planning and central aspects of project cycle management. During the course students will be required to do both individual exercises and group work. The group work assignment (drafting a final project proposal) will enhance their online teamwork skills, which are essential in today’s working life. Course participants will exchange and discuss project ideas and make decisions with other group members. By means of drafting a project in a specific East Asian country, students deepen their understanding of the institutional and socio-political setting in one country, acquire intercultural knowledge and sensitivity for institutional differences, and learn how to transfer their theoretical knowledge into skills of practical implementation.

Contents: This course introduces students to project management in general and in East Asia in particular. Students learn to design and plan a concrete (notional) project, organize and manage resources to achieve the specific project goals, outcomes and outputs. The course starts with basic exercises in project planning techniques after which students learn about project management in East Asian countries. To complete the course, students draft in groups a project proposal for a project that could be implemented in East Asia.

Lecturers will provide individual feedback to the project proposals.

Taken as:
Online lectures, exercises (Logical framework, WBS-diagram, GANTT chart, budget), reading materials, short summaries of country specific lectures, final project proposal.

The course requires strict commitment to the course schedule. Failure to do the required course work in time inhibits from continuing the course.

Application period: November 2–22, 2020.
Please check that your university is a member of the Asia Network in 2021. There might be changes in the membership at the turn of the year.

Go to application instructions. This course has a maximum intake of 60 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities.

Available through the Open University at the University of Turku.

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
In Finnish: https://www.utu.fi/fi/avoin-yliopisto-opetus/opintotarjonta/yhteiskuntatieteellisen-tiedekunnan-opinnot/east-asian-studies
In English: https://www.utu.fi/en/open-university-studies/courses

Photo: Outi Luova