Advanced Modern Asia

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Julie Gilson / Dr Tsering Topgyal

This module is designed to enable you to gain an advanced understanding of key actors and themes in East Asia. It is broadly divided into the two areas of Development and Insecurity. Development refers both to the economic progress of key states, as well as to general issues pertaining to good governance.

In Semester 1, we will explore the concepts of development and democratisation in East Asia, in particular with a focus on states like Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia.

Semester 2 will take us on a virtual tour of the Mekong River, and we will focus on issues like economic development, domestic politics, the environment and crime in this region.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • An advanced knowledge of the principal development issues in the region
  • An understanding of democracy in different areas of East Asia
  • An advanced knowledge of the key political, social and economic issues in the Mekong River region


  • Term One: 1 x 2,000 word assessed work (30%)
  • Term Three: 1 x 1000 word reflection paper (20%); Documentary (50%)