• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Richard Carney
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (INTR8055)

This course focuses on the interaction of politics and finance in the context of East Asia. While finance has always been important to understanding the political economies of East Asia, attention to the financial sector has intensified over the last decade as states have sought to prevent a recurrence of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997. This concern has been amplified in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. Because the financial sector is large and complicated, this course restricts its focus to the way countries' largest firms and financial companies are run and their relationship to the government. In this regard, one of the clear trends over the past 15 years is the rise of state ownership. This is happening not only in China, but in much of East Asia. Hence this course is motivated by the following three questions: (1) in which countries and industries is state ownership increasing? (2) why?; and (3) what are the implications of this for Australia, East Asia, and the global economy?

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Analyse current events in East Asian finance (with regard to banking, capital markets, and corporate governance) with a historically informed and analytically rigorous approach.
  2. Write concise analyses (such as a newspaper commentary, policy statement, or short paper) on how politics influences changes and persistence to existing East Asian
  3. Offer a brief oral presentation on some topic of East Asian finance with policy relevant implications.

Indicative Assessment

Combination of short assignments, essay and examination at the discretion of the course convenor.


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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2004 $1926
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2006 $2190
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2009 $2670
2010 $2718
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2013 $2808
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2005 $3708
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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
8247 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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