Asia: cultures, societies and markets 
Minor a.y. 2021/2022

What is a Minor

Objectives and contents

The three modules are designed for the students of scientific, economic, and cultural-humanistic fields who want to concentrate their studies and professional activities on Asian countries. Asian civilisation reflects complex cultural, political, social, and economic systems in constant development. Such systems rely on centuries-old traditions with peculiar features changing from region to region.
The Minor course aims to get the students closer to the set of lifestyles, philosophies, and communication methods of certain Asian macro-areas by providing them the basic knowledge to understand their collective and individual customs and traditions. The course offers insight into the Asian working and research methods, the social structure and organisation, details relating to academic and research institutes and markets, and information related to religious and traditional stories and modern and contemporary developments.
Students who want to apply for this course are not required to have any specific linguistic, methodological, or specialised knowledge.

The Minor course includes three models presenting selected case studies through audio-visual materials and videos:

  1. module 1 provides the students with a general perspective on China passing through this country's primary political and historical characteristics and information about Southeast Asia. This basic knowledge will help them to analyse the social, cultural, and economic aspects that need to be considered when living, working, and studying in these countries.
  2. module 2 introduces Japanese history and society, focusing on social interactions, ethical rules, and social behaviours typical of the work, school, and general environment. The module also provides a comparison with the Korean world.
  3. module 3 aims to provide the students of scientific subjects with suitable tools to approach the society, culture, and markets of the Near and Middle East countries (North Africa, Near East and Middle East, Emirates, etc.) on the one hand, and the cultural, religious and economic universe of the Indian subcontinent on the other.

Modules of the Minor

Academic year 2021/2022

Recipients and credits recognition

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate and postgraduate students.

It is possible to enrol as an external user, with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp), reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp) if you are enrolled in another university.

If you are a Ca’ Foscari undergraduate student, this Minor can be recognised in the elective course section of your Bachelor’s degree with the following exceptions: undergraduate students enrolled to Literature, History, Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts Management, Philosophy,  PISE and  Sciences of Society and Social Service programmes (all the undergraduate programmes of the humanities area).

Enrolment, attendance and exams

Enrolment procedure will be available from January 17th to February 18th 2022. There is not a maximum number of participants.

The enrolment procedures depend on the type of user: Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students, Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students or external users.

Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari undergraduate students. Before enrolling you must have finalised your enrolment to your Bachelor’s Degree course, otherwise you will be charged a 480 euros fee.

You can enrol to the Minor in the academic year you prefer: during the first, the second or the third.

IMPORTANT: Withdrawing from Minor is possible. Please, be aware that enrolling again, after the withdrawal, will be at your charge.

You must enrol to the complete Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed, you will receive the separate certification and an Open Badge, and the ECTS obtained may be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course (please, check the “Recipients and credits” section).

In order to attend the three modules, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol to the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed but the credits of the Minor will not be recognised in the elective course section of your degree course.

Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students

The Minor is offered free of charge to Ca’ Foscari postgraduate students, but it cannot be recognised in the elective course section of your Master's degree.

IMPORTANT: Withdrawing from Minor is possible. Please, be aware that enrolling again, after the withdrawal, will be at your charge.

Before enrolling to the Minor, you must have finalised your enrolment to your Master’s Degree course, otherwise you will be charged a 480 euros fee.

If you are regularly enrolled at Ca' Foscari university when you enrol to the Minor path, you can complete it even after your graduation, but you have to take the exams in the three exam sessions available

You must enrol on the Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed, you will get the certification and the Open Badge.

In order to attend, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol to the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed, but neither the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.

External users

External users, not enrolled to Ca' Foscari undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, can enrol to the Minor with a charge of 496 euros (480 euros + 16 euros duty stamp).

If you are a student in another university, the fee is reduced to 336 euros (320 euros + 16 euros duty stamp). At the end of the enrolment process, stop before you make the payment and click on this link in order to get in touch with the Enrolment unit. Ca' Foscari staff will contact you to explain how to get the reduction on the enrolment fee.

You must enrol on the Minor path, composed by three modules. Once passed the three exams, you will be entitle to receive the certification and an Open Badge.

In order to attend, sign up and take the exams, you must enrol on the Minor path.

Enrolment lasts one year: it is mandatory to attend the three modules in the same year and to take the exams in the three exam sessions available. In case of failure in passing the full Minor path, you will still be entitled to receive the certification of the exams you passed, but neither the Minor certification nor the Open Badge.