Economies of East Asia (CEP) - ECON 377 - 70

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Summer 2020


Course will be conducted online so adjustments may be made in the material and schedule


Instructor: Dennis C. McCornac, Ph.D.   


Office Hours. Available in Zoom conferencing. Please email me if you would like to meet in Zoom and go to Office hours.


Course Outline (subject to update):


Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the contemporary economic development process and current economic environment of China and Japan, as well as such countries as Cambodia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the diversity of the region and the role that economics, politics and culture play in the growth of these economies.


Goals of the Course:

·       To expose students to the diversity of the economic and political realities of the East Asian region.

·       Develop an understanding of economic theory used to analyze the rapid development in the region.

·       To give students the opportunity to critically evaluate the development policies implemented in various countries.

·       Enable students to engage in discussions of the current economic and political environment of the East Asian region.

·       Provide students with an understanding of how the dynamics of this region affect the world economy.


Students are expected to prepare for class by completing all readings PRIOR to each class meeting in Zoom. Thoughtful and constructive class participation is expected, as it will both help you to better understand the material and enhance the learning process for all.  In addition, students will be expected to read a newspaper or news websites on a daily basis to keep abreast of events that affect the region.


Recommended Texts: There is no one "complete" textbook on the economies of East Asia. Thus, a number of resources will be utilized. 


Required Readings: Required and optional readings will be posted on the course outline and additional articles webpages. The power point presentations may also contain links to additional readings.

Additional Readings: Additional readings will be put on the additional articles’ webpage (link from course outline page). You are also expected to read a daily or weekly news source looking for articles that relate to East Asia.


Internet Resources: The development of East Asia today moves so fast that overnight government policy changes or fluctuations of new markets can render the most recent books out of date. Thus, the instructor will make use of multi-media technology in teaching, providing students with up-to-date information about East Asia. The Internet will become an important educational resource to stimulate student’s interest, expand discussion, and enrich understanding of the course materials by bringing textbook theories to life with pertinent real-world examples. A comprehensive list of websites is available on the course outline.


Course Requirements: Exams, Short Papers and Consultant Report:


The course requirements are listed below:


1.   Two short written or presentation assignments. Details and due dates are available on the course outline. Each assignment is worth 15 points.

2.   Exam 1 worth 25 points.

3.   Class Attendance and participation is worth 15 points. You have two free absences. After that, you lose one point per absence.

4.   Take-home final exam is worth 30 points and will be cumulative.


Grading Scale


Method of Evaluation

Points Possible

Assignments (2) – 15 points each


Exam 1


Class Participation


Final Exam





Class Policies


 1. Written Assignments: All written assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. Written assignments must be word-processed and 1.5 spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font. You must cite outside work when appropriate. You may use any citation style as long as you use it correctly and consistently.

2. Late Work: Late work will be penalized by one full letter grade each day.

3. Absences: You are expected to attend all class meetings. Attendance will be taken and counted towards your class participation grade. Unexcused absences will strongly negatively impact your participation grade.


Honor Code: Every student has the responsibility to abide by the GU Honor Code.  Review academic policies and the honor system at


Suspected infractions of the Honor System will be referred to the Honor Council.  If a student is found in violation of the Honor System, I reserve the right to award a failing grade on the assignment or the course as a whole, in addition to any sanction that the Honor Council and the Dean may apply.


Title IX & Non-Discrimination:


As faculty at Georgetown University, we are committed to our responsibilities under Title IX, as well as the University’s non-discrimination policies.  For details of University policies, please refer to the following links:


Use of Cameras During Online Classes:


There is no university policy on camera use in online classes. However, students are strongly encouraged to turn on their computer/device cameras when participating in class. Students are required to understand and abide by the university's policy on virtual learning security which prohibits any student from photographing or videorecording another student's image via Zoom or another online platform, as well as the dissemination of any such photographs or video recordings. Violations are subject to adjudication under the Code of Student Conduct.