Before getting started, please read syllabus and make sure to check if you can access to necessarry readings. You are doing two things: making presentations and writing papers(response paper). A response paper must be five pages without a bibliography. The format of a paper must be in 12-point font, double-spaced pages, with 1-inch margins using Times New Roman Font.
Your response paper must be based on Week 11 (Plese go find week 11 in syllabus). Using additional materials is not required. Instead, your paper should concentrate on the reading’s main debate(s) and engage with them with your critical thoughts.
A response paper is not writing about your emotional responses to, or a simple summary of, reading materials, but showing your careful and analytical understanding of each reading material and evaluating them with your critical reasoning.
For the presentation, you will summarize and critique the arguments made by the authors of the readings. Your presentation should last approximately 15 to 20 minutes: the first 5 minutes should be a summary of the arguments made by the authors, while the remaining time should be devoted to your analysis and critique of the theoretical arguments, methodology, and empirical evidence made by the authors. Your analysis and critique must be based on the significant theories you have learned from the other political science or social science courses you have taken in the past. Importantly, please provide a script (speaker’s notes) for each slide to read out. The script must start from tittle page.
East Asia is an important region that includes the second and third-largest economies globally
and has four countries in the G20. East Asian countries have achieved remarkable economic
success since the post-war period but are facing many endogenous and exogenous challenges.
Focusing on Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea, this course will examine the economic
pathways traveled by East Asian countries on their road to prosperity, democracy, and security.
We will pay special attention to the similarities and differences in each country’s attempt to
reform its economy to achieve rapid economic growth and prosperity, analyzing the interaction
between states and markets.
Students will analyze comparatively different models of economic development and reforms
due to their unique institutional settings and cultural/sociopolitical contexts. Topics examined in
this course include the concept of development, various theories of economic development, case
studies, the Asian financial crisis, and some contemporary challenges with which East Asian
Response papers (30%)
Research paper (30%)
All readings will be available online.
Suggested Readings on Historical Account of East Asia
• Asian Development Bank 2020, Asia’s Journey to Prosperity: Policy, Market, and
Technology Over 50 Years. Manila: ADB.
• Berger, Mark T. 2004, The Battle for Asia, From Decolonization to Globalization,
London: Routledge Curzon.
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• Borthwick, Mark 2007, Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia, 3rd
Edition, Boulder: West View.
• Holcombe, Charles 2011. A History of East Asia: From the Origin of Civilization to the
21st Century, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Further Readings on East Asian History
• Arrighi, Giovanni, Takeshi Hamashita and Mark Selden (eds.) 2003, The Resurgence of
East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 year perspective, London: Routledge.
• Asian Development Bank 2008, Emerging Asian Regionalism: Partnership for Shared
Prosperity, Manila: ADB.
• Asian Development Bank. 2011. Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century. Singapore:
• Deyo, Frederic C. (ed.) 1987, The Political Economy of the New Asian Industrialism,
Ithaca, Cornell University Press.
• Gill, Indermit et al. 2007, An East Asian Renaissance, Washington: IBRD and World
• Hart-Landsberg, Martin and Paul Burkett 2000, Development, Crisis, and Class Struggle,
New York: St Martin’s Press.
• Hewison, Kevin and Richard Robison (eds.) 2006 East Asia and the Trials of Neoliberalism, London: Routledge.
• So, Alvin Y. and Stephen W. K. Chiu 1995, East Asia and the World Economy, London:
• World Bank 1993, The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy,
Washington: World Bank.
Further Readings on East Asian Societies
• Cumings, Bruce 1997, Korea’s Place in the Sun: A modern History, New York: Norton.
• Gordon, Andrew 2003, A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the
Present, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Naughton, Barry 2007, The Chinese Economy, Transitions and Growth, Cambridge: MIT
• Spence, Jonathan D. 1991, The Search for Modern China, New York: Norton.
• Vogel, S. K. 2006. Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry are Reforming
Japanese Capitalism, Cornell University Press
• Chung, D. K. and B. J. Eichengreen. 2004. The Korean Economy Beyond the Crisis,
Edward Elgar Publishing.
Course Assignments and Grading Criteria
Class attendance and participation (20%):
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You are expected to attend regularly and arrive on time with your reading. Late attendance will
be noted. Also, you must read all the reading materials prior to class. Because this is a seminarstyle class, lectures given by the instructor will be minimal. Instead, there will be regular class
discussions to either discuss the topics addressed in the readings or to discuss the class
presentations given by your peers each week. Therefore, regular class attendance and
participation is essential to successfully complete this course. All students must actively
participate in the weekly class presentations and discussions, and class participation will be
evaluated based on your careful and reflective reading and your contribution to class, including
your participation in seminars with insights. Class participation will take 20 percent of your final
Excessive number of absences (defined as more than two unexcused absences during the course
of the semester) could result in an unsatisfactory course failure.