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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II | Option

This is a seminar-based course that extends the comparative approach adopted in EAS.1. It concentrates on thematic and policy issues relevant to understanding Japan, the Korean peninsula, China (broadly defined), and also Southeast Asia, as well as the role of the United States in East Asia. The course runs over two terms and draws explicitly on historical research and social science methodology in addressing how best to conceptualize ‘East Asia’ as a region. Topics addressed will vary from year to year, depending on the research interests of the teaching officers involved, but an indicative
list of subjects covered in the course would include some, but not necessarily all of the following issues:

  • the Cold War as a historical phenomenon
  • conflict and war in East Asia and contemporary security challenges
  • comparative models of economic development in East Asia and the role of ‘plan-rational’ policy-making
  • the role of the nation-state and competing models of historical identity
  • multilateralism, the emergence of trans-national actors and economic integration in East Asia
  • political legitimacy, contrasting models of authoritarian rule, and democratization as a political movement
  • demographic change
  • energy and environmental policy and technological change.
Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter