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Department of Development Studies

East Asia and globalisation

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Term 2

This module aims to provide a review of East Asian development particularly in the context of globalisation. It does so by critically engaging with the various theories of East Asian development and putting them in the context of the particular historical moments of North and South East Asian development. The first half of the module will focus on the internal and external dynamics of state-labour-capital relations in East Asia that transformed East Asia from a passive part of emerging global capitalism during the colonial expansion of the West to an active builder of the globalising capitalist system. The second half of the module will discuss the different dimensions of East Asian transformation in globalisation by addressing the changing forms of the state and labour, women’s place in development, the role played by social movements in the transformation, the regional integration of East Asia and finally East Asia’s place in the globalising capitalist system.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Analytical tools and critical capacity for development issues in East Asia
  • A general overview and critical understanding of the various theories on East Asian development
  • Familiarity with the main features of East Asia's economic growth and major social problems it faces 
  • General knowledge of the social, economic and political impact of globalisation on the East Asian population and the implication of East Asian integration on the world's capitalist development


Teaching takes place through a weekly 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Method of assessment

70% examination, 30% coursework. Each student will be expected to submit one essay of no more than 3500 words, worth 30%. Resubmission of coursework regulations apply.