Political Economy of Asia

Subject 110-498 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Arts (Asian Societies) or permission of the coordinator
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Ariel Budiman
Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the theoretical models that have been foremost in the analysis of political economics; in particular, that of postcolonial Asia. Those models will then be applied to a study of Asia's politicoeconomic problems in order to construct a framework for an understanding of current conditions. From a theoretical basis, the subject will move to a case study approach in order to illuminate specific origins of problems and their consequences, and to consider solutions. Aspects of the political economy to be covered are: postcolonial inheritances; agricultural and industrial systems; the role of government in commerce; the influence of political policies on wealth and its distribution; democracy and its manifestations; the interaction between government and governed; models of nationhood, including the nation state. Tensions and challenges posed by Western expectations will be examined. While case studies will be drawn from a cross section of the region, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, the theoretical and analytical approaches will provide background for all students of political economy.

Assessment: A 2 hour written exam 40% (mid-semester), final paper 3000 words 50% (end of semester) and class participation 10%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion

Previously available as 110-551 . Students who have completed 110-551 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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