• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Asian Studies, Applied Economics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The course is aimed at students from non-economics background who are interested in the economic and socio-political developments of Asia.
This course aims to equip students with the necessary economics to understand how the Asian region has grown to become the economic engine of the 21st century and contemporary economic issues of key countries in the region.  The course pays close attention to human development, demographic trends, and poverty and inequality issues and their relation to economic growth.  
The course covers topics such as concepts and measurements of economic growth and development, international dimensions of national development, data sources, trends and patterns of economic performance of key Asian economies from a comparative perspective within the global context, and Australia’s evolving economic relations with the region. It will also assess policy reforms, structural changes and growth and equity records of China, India, Taiwan, Korea, and the countries in Southeast Asia.  
The course will provide students with the analytical skills to understand key economic developments in and prospects for the Asia-Pacific region.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Comprehend how economic growth occurs and how such growth interacts with indicators of human development.
2. Understand the economic growth and development performance of key countries in Asia and why the center of gravity of the world economy has moved to Asia.  
3. Acquire in-depth knowledge of the recent economic performance and prospects of the countries/ country groupings studied in this course. 
4. Understand the approach to economic development taken by these countries and why there were course corrections or full scale overhauls of policy. 
5. Analyse human development and other challenges being faced  by these countries.  
6. Assess the economic prospects for these countries in the short to medium runs. 

Other Information

This course is developed and offered by members of the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.

Indicative Assessment

Three assignments @ 10 % each; mid-term examination @ 25 %; Final examination @ 45 %.

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About 10 hours a week including class, tutorial and study times.

Prescribed Texts

1. East Asian Development: Foundations and Strategies by Dwight Perkins, Harvard University Press, 2013.
2. Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics, Raghbendra Jha (ed.), Routledge 2011.
3. India: The Emerging Giant, Arvind Panagariya, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Preliminary Reading

Introductory Chapter from the latest World Development Report of the World Bank.

Select chapters from the three books cited above plus about 3 or 4 papers in journals/edited books to be identified well in advance of the beginning of the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic analytical skills including simple algebraic operations and understanding of graphs, pie charts and histograms.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
9183 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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