The Political Economy of East Asia - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Examine the dramatic rise in importance of East and Southeast Asia as an economic region, the sources of that growth, its possible future development and the consequences of this for the rest of the international economy. You will also examine the prospects for further regional economic development and its impact on the rest of the international economy. The unit will also consider the consequences of the region's development on our understanding of economic organisation, extrapolating lessons drawn from this growth.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the importance of the rise of the Pacific Rim in the contemporary world from economic, social and political points of view
  2. illustrate the relevance and importance of multidisciplinary understanding
  3. understand interrelationships among the countries of the Pacific Rim, especially China, Japan and the United States, and how these have influenced the rise of the Pacific Rim.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

While there is no set prerequisite for this unit, students need to have developed the skills to write essays at university level.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the political economy of power in East Asia
2The rise of East Asia
3The (international) political economy approach and the role of the state
4Power and hegemony
5The emerging regional order
6Globalisation and East Asia
7The established powers 1: The United States
8The established powers 2: Japan
9Rising powers 1: China
10Rising powers 2: India and Asean

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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