Capitalism and Democracy in East Asia (GOVT2611)


This unit will shed light on the springs of change in politics and economics and their intersections in East Asia, which includes South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The unit examines the political and economic transformation in the region. Among the major issues considered are: Are East Asia's political institutions distinctive? How does economic change affect political power and the state? Will democratisation and globalisation undermine the distinctive traditions of the region?

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (40%), 3x 500wd equivalent In-class quizzes (20%), 1x1hr Examination (20%), 1x500wd equivalent Tutorial debates (10%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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(12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations) or (12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies)



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