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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3271 East Asia's Regional Political Economy

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Clare Richardson-Barlow

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

EAST3270 Economic Development in East Asia

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

East Asia is one of the world's most dynamic and diverse regions. It is also becoming an increasingly coherent region through the inter-play of various integrative economic, political, and socio-cultural processes, otherwise known as 'regionalism'. Studying these regionalism processes may be understood in the broadly context of East Asia's regional political economy. Moreover, the integrative processes of regionalism are closely bound to East Asia's regional economic development. This module explores the various aspects of East Asia's regional political economy with special reference to regionalism and development. Key themes include regional organisations, international business, cities and infrastructure, environment, international migration, energy security, international development, trade, finance and geopolitics.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand basic inter-related theories and concepts concerning international political economy, regionalism and economic development;
- appreciate both historic and contemporary perspectives on East Asia┬┐s regional economic development experience;
- critically analyse and inter-relate various aspects (e.g. social, environmental, geopolitical) of regional economic development in East Asia;
- evaluate the connections between domestic and international factors, as well as the regional and global, in relation to the above.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this modules, students should have improved their skill capability in the following areas:
- Individual research capabilities
- Teamwork and verbal / social communications (through unassessed group presentations)
- General analytical and scholarly skills from undertaking seminar preparation (including presentations) and assessed work.


- Introduction to East Asia's Regional Political Economy
- Profiling East Asia's Regional Economy
- East Asia, Regionalism and Globalisation
- Economic Geography of Regionalisation
- East Asia and the Asia-Pacific
- Financial Regionalism
- Regional Trade Integration and Free Trade Agreements
- Environmental Issues and the East Asia Economy
- International Migration in the Region
- Energy Security and East Asia

Teaching methods

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

Private study

- Preparation for seminars 10 x 2 hours = 20 hours
- Research, planning and writing of essay = 80 hours
- Revision for end of module examination = 80 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar-based consultations and formative feedback
- Review evaluation of essays (submitted week 8)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words from a choice of five essay titles set by the tutor.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: 22/08/2022


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