• Class Number 7409
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Jane Golley
    • Prof Jane Golley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

The course is open to students from both economics and non-economics backgrounds who are interested in the diverse experiences of Asian economies. The course aims to give students the analytical skills to compare and contrast the multiple paths to prosperity and critically assess the prospects and challenges for Asian economies and their citizens to thrive in the future. The course moves beyond the mainstream approach to assessing country-level economic performance, by incorporating seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist, as explained in the book Doughnut Economics, in a holistic exploration of the economic growth and development patterns in the dynamic Asian region. These include shifting the goal beyond GDP to broader measures of sustainable development and human wellbeing; understanding the importance of economic and political systems beyond the textbook 'free market'; recognising the critical role of governments in supporting equitable and regenerative development; and questioning whether the 20th-century obsession with economic growth is compatible with 21st-century development challenges.

Drawing on the diverse lessons offered by Japan's early industrialisation and the East Asian 'miracle', 'socialism with Chinese characteristics', India's democratic development, Bhutan's gross national happiness, and more, the course will use both analytical and comparative methods to cover topics including fair (and unfair) trade and investment, poverty and inequality, 'green' development, the links between population and growth, and the economics of happiness.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a 21st-century understanding of economic growth and development.
  2. Understand the economic performance, prospects and challenges of economies in Asia.
  3. Understand the broader societal and sustainable development challenges faced in key Asian economies.
  4. Critically compare and contrast alternative paths to prosperity.
  5. Articulate views on all of the above, in written and spoken form, supported by academic evidence.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Macroeconomics for development
2 Macroeconomic Relations in an Open Economy
3 South East Asian Economic Development
4 The Chinese Economy: Reforming, rising, and transition to sustainable growth First Assignment Due
5 Rich Man, Poor (Wo)man: The Economics of Inequality
6 Special Country Expert Panel
7 The Indian Economy-1 Mid-term Exam
8 The Indian Economy-2 Second Assignment Due
9 The Indonesian Economy Podcast Due
10 South Asian Economies other than India
11 Foreign trade and Investment: Patterns
12 Growth and development in Asia in the global context Third Assignment Due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 10 % * * 1,4,5
Poster 25 % 02/09/2022 16/09/2022 1,2,3,5
Podcast: Book Review 25 % 03/10/2022 18/10/2022 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay 40 % 05/11/2022 17/11/2022 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5


This course is designed to inspire discussion and debate among students about complex issues for which there are no "right" answers. Tutorials are the main opportunity to do this. High participation marks will be awarded to those students who regularly turn up and contribute to tutorial discussions, in ways that reveal they have engaged with the lecture and reading material each week. The most important thing to remember is that: there is no such thing as a silly question!

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 02/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 16/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


Students will be asked to prepare an A2-sized Poster focused on a country of their choice, which summarises the current (and possibly past) state of the country's 'Doughnut' and the nature of its economic system. The Poster should also identify a number of key economic challenges facing the country, and propose a specific topic for further investigation in the final Research Essay/Policy Report, providing at least three academic references that will be used to that end. Marks will be awarded for style, content, originality, and words based on quality, not quantity. Poster will be presented by students in their tutorial in Week 6, for feedback and discussion.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 03/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Podcast: Book Review

Students will be asked to work in groups of 3 or 4 to create a Podcast about a book - chosen from a list provided at the start of the semester. The Podcast will be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration, and should introduce the key themes of the book, followed by a critical discussion of its contributions to relevant debates, and an assessment of its highlights and flaws. Students should draw on material covered in the course lectures and readings where appropriate. Marks will be awarded for content, analysis, and delivery. The Podcasts will be due on the Monday of Week 11 (the week of Topic 9 above, two weeks after the mid-semester break). In the final week of semester, a "Podcast Party" will be held in place of the lecture, during which a selection of the best podcasts will be played for all students to listen to, and then vote on "Best Podcast".

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 05/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 17/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

The research essay will be based on a topic identified by students in their Poster presentation and approved by the Lecturer. The typical essay will focus on one country (although comparative essays may also be approved), giving students to develop and present in-depth knowledge on a specific topic - ranging from changes in a country's economic system or broad development strategy over time, to policy responses to a key development challenge - from inequality and climate change to dealing with Covid-19.

Marks will be awarded for essay style (including flow, grammar and spelling), as well as structure and content (reflecting both a deep coverage of the literature and original critical analysis). Your essay should not exceed 2000 words, excluding references. Tables, charts and figures are welcome but should be closely related to and clearly explained in the content. Please use Times New Roman Font No. 12 and 1.5 line spacing and please also ensure that your word count of the text is recorded on your essay. The Essay is due on the Friday after the teaching semester ends. This will need to be submitted through Turnitin on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission not permitted unless there is a valid reason, supported by the appropriate documentation. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due

date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

The graded assignments will be returned to students.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Jane Golley
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Prof Jane Golley - Chinese economy, demographic change and economic growth, income and education inequalities, geoeconomics

Prof Jane Golley

By Appointment
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Prof Jane Golley
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

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