East Asia Rising: Beyond the American Century? (L2074S)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.


This module is offered on the following courses: