MSc-Diploma-Certificate East Asian Political Economy

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  • Objectives
    This taught in-house Masters degree programme lasts for one year. It draws upon both SEAS´s renowned and specialised knowledge of the East Asian region, and individual staff members´ grounding in a number of disciplines. It is appropriate for prospective students wanting to either upgrade their existing knowledge of East Asia, effect an intellectual transfer from a related discipline to a more specialised knowledge of East Asia, or acquire a preliminary degree in preparation for subsequent research degree work. By the end of the course the students will have: -developed a solid knowledge of recent East Asian current affairs; -been introduced to the major governmental and non-governmental actors in contemporary East Asian political economy; -gained familiarity with the major policy issues and academic debates on East Asian political economy; -been introduced to the international relations of two non-Western superpowers: China and Japan; -understood how studying East Asian politics and economics can inform our understanding of Western international relations and international political economy; -been encouraged to think about the methodology necessary to conduct area/regional studies; -been encouraged to look ‘outward’ from East Asia, as well as ‘inward’ to East Asia; -acquired language skills in one of the major languages of East Asia: Chinese, Japanese or Korean.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements At least 2:1 honours degree, or overseas equivalent. If you have a lower class of degree plus relevant professional experience or other relevant qualifications, please contact the School's graduate admissions tutor or distance learning admissions tutor, as appropriate. Our standard English requirements for overseas students are: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part); TOEFL 575 (paper test) or TOEFL 232 (computer test). Taught courses involving intensive language study may require a higher score. Please contact the relevant course tutor for details, or see the School of East Asian Studies web pages (link below).
  • Academic title
    MSc/Diploma/Certificate East Asian Political Economy
  • Course description
    MSc in East Asian Political Economy

    (Also available to Certificate and Diploma level)

    Course duration: 12 months

    Introducing the degree

    A key assumption of international political economy is that economic issues can exert considerable influence upon political decisions and vice versa. In a complex globalising and regionalising world, the arbitrary separation of one discipline from the other is no longer tenable. An inter-disciplinary approach is needed. Equally, it is no longer possible to separate arbitrarily one region of the world from the other. The reconfiguration of the way we think of the world in terms of space is an important step to take in order to understand the current period of transition. As a result, scholars have recently begun to focus on the examination of regions. All regions need to be understood on their own terms, not just in relation to the Euro-American world. Thus, understanding must come from the use of the theoretical tools of political economy, and also from a deep cultural and linguistic knowledge of the region. It is in this light that this programme will focus upon the major aspects of interaction at a number of levels within the East Asian political economy.

    Programme of Study
    1. A candidate shall take

    -The East Asian Economic Miracle
    -International Politics of East Asia
    (b) units to the value of forty credits from the following, not less than twenty credits being selected from (i)

    -State and Economy in Contemporary China
    -Economic Development of Japan

    -Minorities in Japan
    -Japanese Language I
    -Korean Language I
    -Chinese Language I
    -Work and Employment in Japan
    -War and Peace in East Asia
    c) units to the value of forty credits from the following, not less than twenty credits being selected from (i)

    -China in Global Politics
    -Japan in the World

    -Japanese Language II
    -Korean Language II
    -Chinese Language II
    -Postwar Japanese Politics
    -East Asian Women on the Move
    (d) The following

    - Project 60 credits
    With the approval of the Head of Department a candidate may replace one or more units listed at 1(b)(ii) and 1(c)(ii) above with other relevant Postgraduate units.

    2. A candidate who has been awarded one hundred and twenty credits in respect of units listed at 1(a), (b), (c) and (d) above shall be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Political Economy of East Asia.

    3. A candidate who has been awarded sixty credits in respect of the units listed at 1(a), (b), (c) and (d) above shall be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Political Economy of East Asia

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