2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 29, 2020  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 369 - The History and Culture of Business in East Asia

Sony, Samsung, Xiaomi, Alibaba: Where did these giants of industry come from, and where are the economies of East Asia headed?  This course will approach the successes of business in East Asia from a historical viewpoint.  In it, we will approach “business” not as a single game with universal set of rules, but rather as commercial activities that is the result of specific historical and cultural processes that precede this century and our own lifetimes.  We will first look at how business was conceptualized and regulated in Confucian society, and then examine contemporary questions or issues concerning the practice of business in East Asia.  In the final phase of the course, participants will form teams that will collaborate in research, reviewing the history of a specific trade, and finally pitching business plans to the class.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Annually