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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3045 Southeast Asia: Politics and Economy

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Clare Richardson-Barlow

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

With reference to both historical factors and contemporary events, this module explores the cultural, economic, and political dynamics of the Southeast Asian subregion. This module provides a deep dive into Southeast Asia, the development of ASEAN, and the importance of understanding this subregion in the wider context of East Asian and Indo-Pacific studies. This module equips students with the vocabulary and understanding of theoretical approaches to analyse emerging markets and relationship dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, adding context to a view of the region that is often dominated by Northeast Asia. 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.


This module explores the complexities of Southeast Asia’s regional economic and political development and its role within the broad Indo-Pacific region. This module aims to provide an in-depth view of the subregion, deepening students understanding of the significance of the region and the important role emerging markets are playing in regional and global economic and political relations..

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, student should be able to:
1) understand theories and concepts of international political economy and how these relate to Southeast Asia’s engagement in the regional and world economy;
2) demonstrate knowledge of the historic and recent economic development experiences of Southeast Asian economies;
3) recognise and articulate the international context of Southeast Asian economic development and its role within the region;
4) analyse the interactions between Southeast Asian economic regionalism and globalisation.


First the module examines contemporary developments in the world economy, such as globalisation and regionalism, setting the context for specific themes of analysis that follow. Students consider theories and concepts of international political economy, which are initially applied to Southeast Asia's development experience. Thereafter, specific themes are analysed, including Southeast Asia's capitalism and globalisation, the foreign economic policy practices of selected states, post-crisis developments in international economic regionalism, the role of the WTO and international trade, aspects of multinationals and foreign investment, and the influence of East Asia and the 'triad' (i.e. tripolarisation of the world economy).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on essay topics/plans is designed to help students process and interrogate the requisite information in the discourse.
Feedback on seminar discussion presentations will also consolidate student learning, and assist in preparation for assessment as they learn to consolidate and distil information.
Students will also be monitored through:
• seminar presentations and regular weekly discursive interaction of students in the classes with the module tutor;
• on-going monitoring in lectures and seminars (through, for example, questioning to check student understanding; paying close attention to who is answering questions during classroom discussions and calling on non-volunteers; asking students to elaborate on one another's answers; engaging in 1-1 contacts with students about their work; and conducting periodic reviews to confirm students' grasp of material and identifying gaps in their knowledge etc).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Group ProjectPresent on a topic and lead a classroom discussion on case study implications (aligned with lecture topic), representing 1 or a series of countries. Throughout semester (weekly seminar discussion led by student group)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Essay due first week of exams Resit for presentation is an individual recorded presentation

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/05/2023


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