SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Contemporary Issues in the Japanese and Korean Economies

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 1

This module is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of issues that are important within the economic and social development of Japan and Korea, and the implications for management. The choice of issues is intended to reflect recent and contemporary developments. Selected topics will help students evaluate the nature, rationale and impact of contemporary developments in the region. Topics covered include Japan-Korea economic relations, the role of the state, demographic transition, employment challenges, Japan and Korea in the Asian region and in the international free trade system, and creative industries.

Module sign-up information for non-departmental open option students
  • Required approval: Approval is required from the Law and Social Sciences Faculty Office
  • Required pre-requisite module(s): None
  • Year of study: 3/Final
  • Maximum number of non-departmental students permitted per year: 10
  • Weekly timetable: One lecture (2 hours) and one tutorial (1 hour)

Further information on open option modules can be found here

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Provide a contemporary perspective on Japan & Korea’s socio-economic development and the implications for managerial decision making
  • Critically evaluate key contemporary socio-economic challenges faced by Japan & Korea
  • Evaluate the sustainability of current growth rates in these two economies

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 30% written coursework and 70% by one two hour examination

Suggested reading

Indicative only.

  • Harvey, David. 2005. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Witt, Michael A. and Gordon Redding eds. 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Asian Business Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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