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East Asia: Development and Democracy - POIR260

East Asia has undergone dramatic political, economic and social upheaval since the end of the second world war. Once a poverty-stricken region with little hope for the future, East Asia is now a major epicentre of global trade and investment and as a result, is assuming a more prominent presence in world affairs. What are the causes and consequences of the region's growth? What is the impact of democratisation throughout the region on economic development? What implications does East Asia's expanding role have for world affairs? We consider these questions in light of the major domestic and international events, which gave shape to the development strategies of the Northeast countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China and to a lesser degree, the Southeast Asian states. We probe the roles of key actors such as governments and business, civil society, international organisations, and the hegemonic influence of the United States in the makings of East Asia from the past to the present.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Sung-Young Kim

12cp at 100 level or above or (3cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR units) Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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