Geography of East Asia - Online

UAB Barcelona Summer School

Introducing the Course 'Geography of East Asia' - Lecturer Hyerim Yoon

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Price: 840 € / Price for UAB students: 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: UAB Campus Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Teaching Period: 22 June to 10 July 
Second period:

  • 10-11h Organised tutoring sessions
  • 11-12h Lecture class with professor
  • 12-13h Interactive seminar

Professor: Hyerim Yoon

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Enrolment guidelines



Hyerim Yoon has a PhD in Geography (Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)), MSc from ERASMUS MUNDUS Program JEMES (Joint European Master on Environmental Studies) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering (Yonsei University, South Korea). Currently, she gives lectures on a variety of environmental topics in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Department of Science and School of Engineering, UAB.

Also she has taught some practical courses and lectures in the Department of East Asian Studies, UAB. Her current research interest includes energy and water poverty and other social challenges arising with environmental problems. In the past, she worked in Korea Environment Institute as a researcher and conducted projects analyzing various environmental policies on sustainable development, green growth and green cities in Korea and other East Asian countries.



Contents overview

The course will cover the basics of the Geography of East Asia (China, Japan, North and South Korea, Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore), including geopolitical topics, the physical environment; population; agriculture and food systems, energy & manufacturing, urban issues and the state of the environment.

The course combine lectures on the topics previously mentioned plus practical work that will consist of written group essays, class discussion of documentaries and other visual material; simulation exercises, debates, and other type of practical work. Students must be ready to attend lectures and participate in the sessions of practical work.

The course combines lectures on the topics previously mentioned and practical works that will consist of short essays; forum discussions on documentaries and other visual materials; and other types of exercises. Students must be ready to attend online lecture followed by a Q&A and discussion session. They are also required to work autonomously for practical work (2 practical works per week), which is mandatory. Individual follow up sessions with students will be programmed in the beginning of the course.


Week programme

Week Contents Practical week
1 1.1. Geopolitics
1.2. Physical Environment
1.3.1 Population
  • Hands on climatograms
  • Demographic change in East Asia
2 1.3.2. Population
2.1. Agriculture and food systems
2.2. Energy and manufacturing
  • Natural disaster and response
  • Changing diet
3 3.1. Urban systems
3.2. The state of the environment in East Asia
  • Big giant players in the industry
  • Environmental cost of the rapid development



One final online quiz that covers all the material covered in the course at the end of the lecture (40 % of the final grade). Submission of practical work, (60 % of the final grade. The practical work is mandatory and students will not pass the course unless they submit all requirements).


Links and references

  • BALL, P. (2017). The Water Kingdom. Chicago: The University of ChicagoPress
  • DUNFORD, M. and WEIDONG,L. (eds) (2017). The Geographical Transformation of China. London: Routledge
  • KANASAKA,K, (2009). Discovering Japan. A New Regional Geography. London: JPT Europe
  • KAPLAN, R.D. (2015). Asia's Cauldron. The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific. New York: Penguin Random House
  • MARKS, R.B. 2012). China. Its Environment and History. Kanham UK: Rowan and Littlefield.
  • SAMUELS, R.J. (2013) . 3.11 Disaster and Change in Japan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • STUDWELL,J. (2014). How Asia Works. Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region.London: Profile Books.
  • TUAN, Yi -Fu (1969). A Historical Geography of China. Chicago: Aldine
  • VEEK, G., PANNELL, C.W., HUANG, Y and BAO; S (2016). China's Geography. Globalization and theDynamics of Political, Economic and Social Change. Lanham, MD: Rowman &Littlefield
  • WONG, D.W. S., WONG,K.K.K., CHUNG,H. and WANG,J.J. (2018). China. A GeographicalPerspective. New York: Guilford Press.