• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
Gender, Labour and Capitalism in East Asia (ASIA2092)

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 asks 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 of 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:

On successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Discuss major research issues in Chinese archaeology;
2. Critique the portrayals of Chinese archaeology in history in academic literature;
3. Discuss the processes and impacts of major cultural events and developments in China during the range of  
    approximately 40,000 BC through AD 220;
4. Apply this information toward understanding the role of China and Asia in world history; and
5. Communicate knowledge of Chinese archaeology to general audiences.

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

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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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