Module code: POL3072

Module Overview

This module investigates the relationship between state and market in East and West by discussing views on philosophical ideas of democracy, development and justice. The module will build upon theoretical perspectives, ranging from Marxism to neo-liberalism. The students will analyse the practical policy applications of these theories as they have been manifested through neo-liberal politics, the Welfare State model and particularly the Development State model. Topical case studies will focus on East-Asia. The region allows for a critical discussion of major economic models and how they function as justification for particular regime forms and vice versa. Students will engage in debates over the socio-political consequences of economic and political transformations.

Module provider


Module Leader

KAEDING Malte (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: L240

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Topics discussed are likely to include but not be limited to the following:

  • Theories of economic development and capitalism

  •  Relationship between the state and markets, individuals and states, democracies and economics

  • Case studies to include: Japan; South Korea; China; Taiwan; Hong Kong; Singapore and South East Asia

  •  Beginning with economic development strategies in Japan, students will investigate the cases of South Korea and Taiwan and question whether China could also be described as development state. This is followed by a closer look at the state-economy relations in the world's two freest economies, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 20
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 60

Alternative Assessment

alternative assessment is a mini-essay on the group presentation, (800 words) 20%

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Critical engagement with the relevant literature, e.g. to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of development strategies

  • Demonstrate understanding and capacity to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of a country case study in East Asia

  • Demonstrate the ability to group work and a critical analysis in an engaging presentation

  • Capacity to deliver a focused critical analysis of a problem related to development and a country case study in East Asia in a short written essay (supporting documentation)

  • Capacity to provide critical analysis of development strategies and East Asia socio-economic and political developments in an examination


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Supporting documentation of presentations

  • Group presentation

  • Examination

  • (All details above)

Assessment deadlines advised prior to the beginning of each semester.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during lectures/seminars and in one to one meetings. Additionally, students will receive detailed written feedback on their group presentation and individual feedback on their supporting documentation by the module leader. They also receive written feedback on the presentations by peers. Furthermore summative work will be include feedback summarised in a cover sheet. Feedback is module-specific but is also designed to be used for feedforward to other aspects of the degree programme as well.

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the main theoretical and philosophical perspectives of state and market relations by focusing on individual freedom versus justice and common good.
  • To familiarise students with major debates on economic development and the role of the state.
  • To show the developmental structure of East Asian economies in their socio-economic and historical context.
  • To define the features which distinguish different routes of economic and political development from each other, and to consider the areas in which they overlap.
  • To train students in the understanding, description, comparison and analysis of politico-economic development in East Asia.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically reflect on major theoretical perspectives of state-market relationships KCP
002 Question established narratives and discourses of state and market relations and development KCP
003 Gain a deeper understanding of the East-Asia socio-economic and political development and communicate this to a lay audience KCP
004 Demonstrate the ability to analyse a case study, applying theoretical frameworks to empirical evidence KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The teaching strategy follows a specifically developed model of engagement with students. This includes a discursive teaching style in which borders between lectures and seminars are fluid. The lectures/seminars will consciously not use any electronic support systems such Microsoft PowerPoint etc and instead focus on engaging students and on their active participation. Hence students will be expected to actively follow and also contribute to discussions during classes based on the reading material and their anticipated knowledge of current affairs. For post-class preparation brief lecture summaries are made available via the virtual learning environment. Students are constantly encouraged to formulate their own lines of enquiry, thus developing and testing their skills in respect of making appropriate critical judgments in respect of both theory and empirics. The case studies will be discussed in a lecture, which is followed by a group presentation by students on a specific aspect of development in the country case. The presentations are assessed and they are accompanied by a student-led discussion on the topic.

The learning and teaching methods include: lectures/seminars, presentations, student-led discussions, independent study, enquiry-based learning and prescribed reading. Classes are run in 2 hour sessions over an 11 week period.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Politics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MPA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.