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Unit information: East Asia, Europe and Global Integration in 2015/16

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Unit name East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
Unit code SPAIM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. King
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

As two of the three principal nodes of the global political economy, East Asia and the European Union provide a counter-weight to the United States. This unit will explore the developing economic and political relations between East Asia and Europe. In doing so it will examine regionalism in East Asia and Europe, the increasing economic integration between these two key areas of the global economy, developing trade and investment links and associated security issues. The unit will also engage in an examination of the different models of integration and cooperation, the rationale and motivations behind these decisions and what this has meant for multilateralism and the international system as a whole.


This unit aims to examine the economic and political relations between East Asia and Europe and to investigate the developing patterns of trade between these key regions of the global economy. The unit will also focus on the increasing economic integration between East Asia and Europe

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will::

  • have developed their knowledge and critical understanding of economic and political relations between East Asia and Europe;
  • have explored contemporary patterns of trade and investment between these key regions
  • have increased their understanding of the processes of economic integration between East Asia and Europe

Teaching Information

Lectures, seminars, small and large group activities.

Assessment Information

1 x 3,000 word assignment reflecting the learning outcomes listed above.

Reading and References

  • Cohen, Warren I. (2000) East Asia at the center : four thousand years of engagement with the world. New York, Columbia University Press
  • Dent, C.M. (1999) The EU and East Asia: An Economic Relationship. London, Routledge.
  • Drysdale,P. and Vines,D. (1998) Europe, East Asia and APEC: A Shared Global Agenda Cambridge University Press
  • Patten, C. (1998) East and west : China, power, and the future of Asia. New York, Times Books.
  • Hutton, W. (2007) The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century London, Little Brown.
  • Wiessala, G. (2002) The European Union and Asian Countries. Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press.