• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
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?

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

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


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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.


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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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
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