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Economy of Southeast Asia


Admission requirements



This course offers a broad survey of today’s economies of Southeast Asia. The focus is on Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines. Economic growth during the past four decades is discussed in some detail. Why did some countries grow faster than others? What were the causes and consequences of the Asian crisis in the late 1990s? To what extent has economic growth resulted in social change? Regional economies are surveyed by examining economic sectors. Special attention is given to the role of the state and economic policy. Participants give presentations in class and write a final essay on one country of their choice.

Course objectives

  • To generate a broad understanding of today’s economies in Southeast Asia.

  • To develop oral and written presentation.

  • To develop analytical skills, including some application of concepts from economic theory.



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are mandatory.

Course load

Consists of the following:

  • 26 hrs class

  • 34 hrs readings for class

  • 40 hrs individual literature study

  • 40 hrs compilation of essay

Assessment method

  • 1/3 performance in class (attendance, presentations, participation)

  • 2/3 final essay (3000 words)

The final mark is made up of the essay (2/3) and the performance in class (1/3). In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of “5.50” (=6) or higher. A new version of the final essay may be written if the overall mark for the course is “5.49” or lower. The deadline for this version will be determined in consultation.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Selected chapters from:

  • Teofilo Daquila, The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies (New York: Nova Science, 2005, new edition 2013).

  • Supplementary articles to be announced.


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

(Studeren à la carte is not possible for this course.)