University of Sussex Business School

East Asia Rising: Beyond the Amer Cent? (L2074S)

East Asia Rising: Beyond the American Century?

Module L2074S

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Dr Kevin Gray


For more information see here:
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global/internal/forstudents/options/ir

The aim of this module is to understand the rise of East Asia through examining the interconnections between regional development and geopolitical contestation in the Cold War and contemporary eras. The module will adopt an historical approach, beginning 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. The module examines the divergent experiences of Northeast and Southeast Asia and the rise of China. We then examine the implications of the decline of Cold War geopolitical rivalry and 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, varying analytical frameworks and debates concerning late development will be examined, such as neoclassical versus structural institutionalism, Marxist vs. dependency theories, international/regional vs. domestic factors, etc. Such theories are examined critically both in terms of their analytical purchase and their origins and role in geopolitical rivalry itself.

This module is assessed by Assessed by a 70% 3.5K essay, 20% 1k Essay, 10% 20 minute Group presentation. We meet each week for a three hour seminar combining mini-lectures, group work, analytical exercises and open discussion.

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.

TypeTimingWeighting
Essay (3500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0070.00%
Coursework30.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (20 minutes)33.33%
EssayT2 Week 7 66.67%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

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Dr Earl Gammon

Assess convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/138664

Prof Kevin Gray

Convenor
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/200529

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