This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Limited places are also open for exchange students.
Please note: this course takes place in The Hague. Traveling from Leiden to The Hague takes about 45 minutes.
This course offers a broad survey of contemporary South and Southeast Asian economies. The main focus is on long-run economic growth and the accompanying social changes. Why did some countries perform far better than its neighbors? How did long-term growth take places in South and Southeast Asian economies in the last 30-40 years? How were the nations of South and Southeast Asia affected by financial crisis? What was the political economy of growth in these countries? And, what were social development that went along with the growth? Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy. The lectures utilize various relevant journal articles and book chapters on South and Southeast Asian economies. The lectures are also accompanied by tutorials to discuss auxiliary topics.
Acquired an overview of the historical and contemporary economic developments and political economy dynamics in their chosen area and deepen their existing knowledge and understanding of different economic systems, economic institutions, economic processes and actors in the different regions/countries of the region, using the concepts acquired during the courses Economics and Configuring the World.
Been acquainted with academic debates on selected topics in the specific region.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Lectures are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Weekly lectures will cover issues both inside and outside the readings.
Tutorials are held once every three weeks, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent without notification and valid reason or not being present at half or more of the tutorial sessions will mean your assignments will not be assessed, and result in a 1.0 for the tutorial (30% of the final grade).
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 140 hours, broken down by:
Attending lectures: 24 hours
Attending tutorials: 8 hours
Assessment hours (midterm and final exam): 4 hours
Study of compulsory literature: (approximately 7 pages per hour): 64 hours
Time for completing assignments, preparing classes and exams: 40 hours
Midterm exam: Written examination with open questions.
Final exam: Written examination with open questions.
To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:
The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of tutorial, midterm exam and final exam.
The weighted average of the midterm exam and final exam needs to be 5.5 or higher.
If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), or the weighted average of midterm- and final exams is lower than 5.5, there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material, replacing both the earlier midterm and final exam grades. No resit for the tutorial is possible.
Please note that if the resit exam grade is lower than 5.5, you will not pass the course, regardless of the tutorial grade.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
There is no particular textbook for this course. Readings are mostly journal articles and chapters of books indicated in each lecture topic below. We expect students to read them before coming to the class. We also encourage students to read popular development economics books even when they are not specifically discuss South and Southeast Asian economies. Ideally, students should read widely and critically.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis can be found here.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.