• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, International Business
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The economies of Southeast Asia are important for several reasons. First, they have been among the best performing economies in the world. Growth rates of at least five of them have been among the highest in the world for various, extended periods since 1970. Second, three of them experienced a sudden and very sharp economic crisis in 1997-98, the causes and consequences of which remain contentious. Third, there is considerable diversity in the region, in terms of size, resource endowments, policy orientations, political history, and economic performance. Thus the region offers scope for development case studies not usually available through a single-country course offering. Fourth, they are increasingly important in the East Asian and international economy, as sources of trade and investment. The purpose of this course is to provide a rigorous, analytically informed overview of these economies, with primary emphasis on the period after 1970. The six original ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will form the core of the unit. Reference will also be made to the smaller Mekong economies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. have a rigorous, analytically informed overview of the Southeast Asian economies, with primary emphasis on the past quarter century;
  2. be exposed to the current economic policy issues in these economies;
  3. examine the political economy of the responses to economic change in the region.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Examination (65%), term paper (25%), and tutorial presentation and participation (10%). Honours and Graduate Diploma students will be required to complete an additional essay. (65) [LO null]

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130 hours in total over the semester consisting of lectures, tutorials and private study time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, you must have completed ECON2101 Microeconomics 2 (P) (or ECON2111 Microeconomics 2 (H) ) and ECON2102 Macroeconomics 2 (P) (or ECON2112 Macroeconomics 2 (H) or ECON2016 Economics II (H) ). Incompatible with ECON3019.

Prescribed Texts

Check class summary for details

Preliminary Reading

Because there is no single text, a "reading brick" of key references will be available at a cost for purchase from the RSE Office.  Items included in the brick are marked with a '*'.  Students are expected to read widely, on the basis of the references given below and from their own research.  A comprehensive list is available on the downloadable course outline.




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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
2019 $4140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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