ECON 2502 - East Asian Economies II

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2020

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 Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week in Semester 2. Intensive (up to 15 hours per week) when taken in Winter Semester.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 1012
    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)

    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. Assess the performance of some East Asian economies from a broader, Sustainable Development perspective.
    4. Analyse current issues and future challenges in East Asian economies from a political economy perspective and within a global context.
    5. Formulate and communicate the policy lessons (positive and negative) emanating from the East Asian development 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 in the form of pdf files on MyUni.
    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
    In order to satisfy current COVID-19 guidelines, all lectures and tutorials will be conducted online. All lectures will be live-streamed and recorded. The recorded lectures will be available on MyUni. Students are expected to watch all lectures.

    Tutorials will be live-streamed, but not recorded. Tutorial answers, in very brief form (i.e., in a form that would not constitute an adequate answer to an exam question), will be posted on MyUni following the completion of a tutorial session. There will be no marks for tutorial participation. However, you are strongly urged to participate in the tutorial discussion, which will involve discussing answers to a pre-provided list of tutorial questions. The questions for tutorial discussions will be posted on MyUni.

    The material is cumulative and intensive, so it is highly undesirable to miss any lecture or tutorial.

    To discuss questions and problems, teaching staff can be contacted by email. There will be no face-to-face student consultation.

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

    Besides 12 hours of contact time per week for a Winter School course (6 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials), the University expects students to commit approximately 12 hours to private study outside of your regular classes.

    Students are expected to commit additional time to undertake online quizzes and produce an assignment paper.
    Learning Activities Summary

    The tentative lecture schedule is presented below. Any major changes to this schedule will be announced in class and on MyUni.

    Monday 6 Introduction – About the course and East Asian Economies
    Wednesday 8 What is Sustainable Development?
    Thursday 9 Sustainable Development Indicators applicable to East Asian economies
    Monday 13 Trade and the Environment: East Asian economies
    Wednesday 15 Sustainable Development in Japan and China
    Thursday 16 Sustainable Development in Thailand and Vietnam
    Monday 20 Sustainable national income of Indonesia and Cambodia; Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region
    Wednesday 22 Policy issues for East Asian countries – China case study
    Thursday 23 Summary lecture; information about exam
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable
  • 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 Task Type
    Weighting Learning Outcome
    Quizzes Individual 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assignment Individual 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Final Exam Individual 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    (i) Quiz (number of Quizzes: best of 4 out of 5)
    There will be online quizzes. Each quiz will involve a time restriction of 30 minutes. Each quiz will have its own deadline. The five quizzes will be spread out over the course.

    (ii) Assignment
    The assignment will involve answering a series of questions relating to a journal article on the growth and development of the South Korean economy. You will be required to use the course material, suggested lecture readings, and any relevant references you can find to help answer the questions. Wikipedia and other non-peer reviewed sources will not be considered appropriate references. You will be required to answer each question (and sub-question) individually. This will not be an essay assignment.

    (iii) Final Exam
    • The final exam will be held online.
    • The exam will assess all topics covered throughout the course.
    • Lecture notes, readings, tutorial exercises, and quizzes should form the basis of your exam preparation.
    • Further details will be announced on MyUni.
    To be advised

    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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