Government-Business Relations in Australia-Asia Pacific

Course code HIST3356Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Focuses on government intervention in national economies and business involvement in politics in the Asia Pacific - activities that have contributed to different rates of economic growth and different amounts of political openness, accountability and transparency in some states or a greater degree of corruption and cronyism in others. While illuminating the similarities and variations across political economies in the Asia-Pacific the subject also seeks to indicate how well (or not) Australia 'fits in' the region.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will have the opportunity to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of the discipline of political economy as a reflexive, critical and comparative mode of research, particularly where the societies of the Asia-Pacific are concerned.
2. An ability to critically analyse and evaluate how the nexus between Government and Business determines the variety of political and economic outcomes in the Asia-Pacific region.
3. An ability to understand and synthesise the nature of contemporary interactions and transformations of societies in the contemporary world.
ContentThis course will examine:

1. The historical political economy of industrialisation in Asia focussing in particular on changes central to the emergence of the so-called 'Asian Miracle' of the 1980's
2. How government intervention in national economies and business involvement in politics have contributed to different rates of economic growth and different amounts of political openess - specifically in the cases of South Korea and Taiwan in Northeast Asia and those of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia in Southeast Asia.
3. A number of region-wide issues notably: responses to the regional economic crash of 1997; cronyism and corruption; Chinese business groups and networks; and the implications of political change for future economic development.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3356
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3356 can not enrol in HIST3356.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTutorial paper - 1,500 words (20%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor essay - 2,000 words (40%)
Examination: FormalExamination 2 hours (30%)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial (oral) contribution (10%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term