East Asia is one of the most economically dynamic regions in the world. A mixture of developed, emerging and developing countries offer a vibrant and complex economic environment. China, the world's second biggest economy, is at the centre of this dynamism. This module addresses the economic, political and social factors behind developments in the economy of East Asia, with particular attention to the issue-areas of trade, money and finance, and development and aid, as well as to the central role played by China. Particular attention will be given to the evolution of East Asia's political economy as a result of the transformation of the Japanese economy from the 1950s onwards, the introduction of the Chinese economic reforms of the late 1970s, and the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. Special emphasis will also be put on the role that the Chinese and East Asian economies play in the international economic system, as well as on the politico-economic relationship between East Asia and the United States and the European Union.
Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo
One two-hour seminar per week
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Oral presentation (15%); 4,000 word essay (85%)