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Economics South & South-East Asia


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This course offers a broad survey of today’s economies of South and Southeast Asia. The main focus is on economic growth and social change. Why did some countries, in particular in Southeast Asia, perform far better than India and its neighbors? How did prospects for long-term growth change in South Asia after the ending of the Cold War? How were the nations of Southeast Asia affected by financial crisis in the late 1990s? The economies of these two regions are compared by examining individual economic sectors. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy. Participants give presentations in class and write a final essay on a topic of their own choice.

Course objectives

  • To generate a broad understanding of today’s economies in South and Southeast Asia

  • To get a training in oral and written presentation

  • To develop analytical skills, including some application of concepts from economic theory


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials.

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Tutorials 30%, Exam 70%.

There are no resits for the tutorials, there is a resit for the exam.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • For Southeast Asia, selected chapters will be studied from: Teofilo Daquila, The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies (New York: Nova Science, 2005, new edition 2013).

  • Literature for South Asia to be announced.


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Further information via Dr. J. Thomas Lindblad (Southeast Asia, coordinator) and Prof.dr. Pralay Kanungo (South Asia).