• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ruth Barraclough
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The dimensions of the East Asian economic miracle are not only financial and political, but also encompass labour relations and sexual politics. This course examines the gendered nature of the industrialization experience in Japan, Korea and China and ask how gender relations have been forged in the realm of Confucian capitalism. We begin with an examination of the first factory girls in East Asia: in Meiji Japan, in colonial Korea, and in pre-communist China, as we investigate how some of the great economies of the twentieth century came to be constructed on the labour and ingenuity of girl workers. Turning to the postwar period we follow the course of the “Economic Miracle” in East Asia and examine industrial labour, sex work, white-collar labour and entrepreneurship in the booms and crises of late capitalism. This course develops an understanding the integrated development of the capitalist and communist economies of East Asia.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Comprehend the historical development of capitalism and labour relations in East Asia
2. Understand the gendered dimensions of industrialisation and modernity in East Asia
3. Integrate theoretical debates with historical analysis
4. Analyse labour politics from multiple perspectives including regional, gendered, Marxist, feminist, colonial, post-capitalist and post-socialist. 
5. Acquire an historical appreciation of the integrated development of capitalist and communist economies of East Asia. 

Indicative Assessment

Weekly writing  20% 1,2,3,4 
Class presentation Powerpoint 5% 1,2,3,4 
Class participation  5% 1,2,3,4 
Midterm Essay 2000 30% 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam  40% 1,2,3,4,5 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed One or more of the following: ASIA2040, ASIA2010, ASIA2031, ASIA2023, ASIA2037, ASIA2017 or with consent of the convenor.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
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Year Fee
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2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9266 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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