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Unit information: Capitalist Transformation in East Asia in 2021/22

Unit name Capitalist Transformation in East Asia
Unit code POLIM0051
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rob Yates
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

This unit looks at the political economy of East Asia’s capitalist transformation, situating the region in its historical and contemporary interactions with Western-dominated global capitalism. It addresses debates on the historical origins of capitalism; the role of imperialism and US hegemony in shaping uneven capitalist development in East Asia; the nature and role of the developmental state; efforts at East Asian regionalism; recent transformations under neoliberal financialisation; and the future of the regional and global order under Chinese and broader East Asian power.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. Knowledge of how and why the world economy has been transformed in the past century and the implications of this for various parts of the world.
  2. Knowledge of the role that East Asia has played in these processes and of how they have impacted on the region itself.
  3. A robust intellectual foundation for studying other units in the programme.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

25% 2000 word country report 75% 3000 word essay


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