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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3703 South East Asia in the Global Context

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Kweku Ampiah

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module studies how Southeast Asia - one of the world's most diverse and dynamic regions - has confronted the challenges posed by globalisation. Taking an international political economy approach, it examines the nature and structure of the world economy and globalisation, and where Southeast Asia fits into this.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- understand basic theories and concepts of international political economy and how these relate to South East Asia's engagement in the world economy;
- demonstrate knowledge of the recent economic development experiences of South East Asian economies;
- recognise the international context of South East Asian economic development;
- analyse the interactions between South East Asian economic regionalism and globalisation.


The South-East Asian region has proved to be one of the most dynamic in the world economy over recent decades. The region could not have achieved this transformation without a series of dynamic engagements in the world economy. This is the prime focus of this module. It first examines contemporary developments in the world economy, such as globalisation and regionalism, setting the context for specific themes of analysis that follow. Students are then introduced to theories and concepts of international political economy, which are initially applied to South-East Asia's development experience. Thereafter, specific themes are analysed: South-East Asia's capitalism and globalisation; the foreign economics policy practices of selected states; post-crisis developments in international economic regionalism; the WTO and international trade; multinationals and foreign investment;East Asia and the 'triad' (i.e. tripolarisation of the world economy).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures: 12 hours;
Preparation for seminars: 46 hours;
Research and writing assessed essay: 60 hours;
Preparation for examination: 60 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar presentation

2,500 words assessed essay due in week 8 of the semester

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words (week 8 of the semester)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/11/2019


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