Development and Geopolitics in East Asia
Module code: L2074S
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay
You'll learn about the rise of East Asia by examining the interconnections between regional development and geopolitical contestation in the Cold War and contemporary eras.
You'll take a historical approach, starting with an examination of the legacies of European and Japanese imperialism in East Asia and an analysis of the establishment of post-war US hegemony in the region and its implications for subsequent economic development.
You'll also examine:
- the divergent experiences of Northeast and Southeast Asia and the rise of China
- the implications of the decline of Cold War geopolitical rivalry
- the rise of globalisation and its role in explaining subsequent trends such as the East Asian financial crisis, East Asian regionalism and the changing nature of US-China relations.
Within this historical context, you'll examine different analytical frameworks and debates concerning late development, such as neoclassical versus structural institutionalism, Marxist versus dependency theories ,and international/regional versus domestic factors.
You'll study these theories critically in terms of their analytical purchase and their origins and role in geopolitical rivalry itself.
Module learning outcomes
- Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the empirical practices and the relevant theoretical approaches in the fields of IR/IPE and development as they relate to the power struggles that have shaped East Asia.
- Develop a detailed conceptual understanding of the core themes and events in the historical development of the East Asian regional political economy since the early 20th century.
- Effectively synthesise and communicate the empirical and theoretical uncertainties, ambiguities and limits of elite-centred accounts of East Asian regional development.