Not available in 2020/21
EH423      Half Unit
Japan and Korea as Developing Economies

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Janet Hunter SAR 604


This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Quantitative Economic History, MSc in Economic History, MSc in Economic History (Research), MSc in Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus) and MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course will focus on selected issues of economic development that are of importance in contemporary debates and theories, and see how these issues were played out in Japan and Korea from the late 19th century to the latter half of the 20th century. The main themes discussed will be: natural endowments and climatic impact; changes in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors; the growth of market production; issues of state policy; economic institutions; colonialism and imperialism; integration into the international economy; income levels and consumption; gender and development; culture and economy.


20 hours of lectures in the MT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to write one essay or equivalent pieces of written work.

Indicative reading

A.H.Amsden, Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialisation (1989); H-J Chang, The East Asian Development Experience (2006); Y-I.Chung, Korea Under Siege, 1876-1945: Capital Formation and Economic Transformation (2006); P.G.Francks, Japanese Economic Development (3rd edition, 2015); C.H.Lee & I.Yamazawa (eds.), Economic Development of Japan and Korea (1990).


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the LT Week 1.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Economic History

Total students 2019/20: 11

Average class size 2019/20: 6

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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