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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. The first half of the course is devoted to general literature, alternately on the economy of South Asia and the economy of Southeast Asia This is followed by a midterm exam. The second half of the course, after the midterm break, will focus on the preparation of individual research topics resulting in essays. The lectures are accompaied by tutorials where auxiliary themes will be discussed.

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.

Course Load

Total course load for the course 5 EC x 28 hours is 140 hours, broken down by:

Lectures and tutorials = 32 hours
Preparation for class and presentations = 40 hours
Preparation for midterm exam = 16 hours
Writing essay (including specific literature) = 52 hours

Assessment method

Tutorials 30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier mid- and endterm grades. No resit for the tutorials is possible.


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

Reading list

The general literature to be studied during the first half of the course will consist of selected recent articles on the economies of South and Southeast Asia. It will be announced in the first class.


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.


Dr. J.T. Lindblad, email