ECON 2502 - East Asian Economies II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

The course is designed to introduce students to the economic and political nature and structure of the economies of East Asia. It will examine the mechanisms which shape their economic activity as well as various socio-economic factors in the development of their economic institutions. The contribution of these institutions to economic growth will also be closely examined. Students who do not have a background in economics may take the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 2502
    Course East Asian Economies II
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week in Semester 2. Intensive (up to 12 hours per week) when taken in Winter Semester.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 1012 or ECON 1004 or ECON 1000
    Assessment Typically tutorial work or group presentation, and essay and final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Philip Lawn

    Winter School

    Dr Philip Lawn
    (Visiting Lecturer)

    Location: Room 3.35, Level 3 Nexus 10 (10 Pulteney St)
    Telephone: 8313 4932
    Consultation hours: To be confirmed

    Semester 2 

    Dr Philip Lawn
    (Visiting Lecturer)
    Location: Room 3.35, Level 3 Nexus 10 (10 Pulteney St)
    Telephone: 8313 4932
    Consultation hours: To be confirmed
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the nature and structure of the economies of East Asia.
    2. Understand the socio-economic and political forces shaping the economies in the region.
    3. Analyse current issues and future challenges in East Asian economies from a political economy perspective and within a global context.
    4. Compile relevant information from a wide range of sources from various disciplines pertaining to East Asia.
    5. Formulate and communicate the policy lessons (positive and negative) emanating from the East Asian growth experience.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no textbook for this course. Readings for the course are made available via the Student Course Reader as well as in the form of pdf files on MyUni.

    Please note that the Course Readers can now only be purchased online from the new Online Shop. Login to Unified and simply click on the Online Shop icon in the left hand side of the Home page. As soon as the course reader is printed and available, it will be published on the Online Shop where students can order and pay and then collect their reader from the Image & Copy Centre.
    Recommended Resources
    Any additional recommended resources will be announced on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The course makes extensive use of MyUni for purposes including the posting of lecture notes, and important announcements. It is expected that all students will regularly check the MyUni course website, and regularly check their university email accounts.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be taught in the traditional lectures mode. There will be two one hour lectures each week followed by a one hour tutorial. The tutorial will require students to work in groups to read, present and discuss pre-assigned articles.


    The students are expected to attend the lectures. While we plan to record the lectures, depending upon the technological constraints, they may not be available for all topics. Moreover, it may not be always feasible to re-record the lectures in the event of a technical glitch.


    Each student is required to enrol in one tutorial session and attend tutorials regularly. Tutorial activities will count towards 5% of the final grade.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This course is the equivalent of a 3 unit load so this means that, for this course, you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours per week to this course, including contact hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1,2,3
    Tutorials 4,5
    Week 1: Introduction – About the course and East Asian Economies 
    Week 2: Sustainable development – what is it? 
    Week 3: Sustainable development indicators 
    Week 4: International trade, globalisation, and East Asian Economies
    Week 5: The Environmental Kuznets curve: Theory and Evidence (East Asian
    Week 6: Sustainable development in Japan and China
    Week 7: Sustainable development in Thailand and Vietnam
    Week 8: Sustainable national income of Indonesia and Cambodia + Sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region
    Week 9: Climate change and East Asian Economies
    Week 10: Policy issues for East Asia
    Week 11: Policy issues – China case study
    Week 12: Course summary
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weighting Length(Word,Time) Learning Outcomes
    Tutorial participation 5% 1,2,3
    Best 4 of 5 online quizzes Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 20% 1,2,3
    Assignment Week TBA 25% TBA 4,5
    Final exam 50% 4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There is no replacement exam available for missing the mid-term. In the event a student cannot sit the mid-term exam, their final exam will count towards 80% of the final grade (with the tutorials counting for the remaining 20%).
    Assessment Detail

    Mid semester exam
    Weight: 30%
    Date and time: Week 7
    This exam will assess the topics of Weeks 1 to 5.

    Final Exam
    Weight: 50%
    Date and time: TBA
    This exam will put an approximate weight of 80% on the topics covered in weeks 6 through 12 and 20% weight on the topics covered in weeks 1 through 5.

    Tutorial Participation
    Weight: 20%
    Each tutorial section will be divided into 4 groups. In any session, one group will be the “presenter”, i.e., in charge of presenting the assigned article and for leading the discussion. Other groups, the “participants”, are supposed to comment and participate in the discussion. The details of the exact weight assigned for the presenters and the participants will be discussed during the first lecture.

    See the MyUni page for further details of the assessment rubric.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Additional Assessment

    If a student receives 45-49 for their final mark for the course they will automatically be granted an additional assessment. This will most likely be in the form of a new exam (Additional Assessment) and will have the same weight as the original exam unless an alternative requirement (for example a hurdle requirement) is stated in this semester’s Course Outline. If, after replacing the original exam mark with the new exam mark, it is calculated that the student has passed the course, they will receive 50 Pass as their final result for the course (no higher) but if the calculation totals less than 50, their grade will be Fail and the higher of the original mark or the mark following the Additional Assessment will be recorded as the final result.
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