At no time in recent history has a region witnessed such tumultuous economic, political, and social transformation as has Asia. Driven by the enormous growth in China’s economy and the remarkable historical transitions in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, Asia is home to some of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world. At the same time, Asia remains a region of great diversity. The continuing challenges of poverty, inequality and unequal development, rapid urbanization, competition for scarce energy resources, environmental degradation, and the fast changing contours of geo-political power, also make for a series of policy problems that require new, innovative, and bold institutional and political responses if Asia’s success is to be sustained.
At the heart of Asia lies the Greater China region, comprising Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. As the most recent new-comer to rapid economic transformation, modernization and urbanization, China’s growth is changing fundamentally the political-economy of the region? everything from trade patterns, flows of foreign direct investment, industrial location, and the configuration of regional political institutions and international governance.
This Second Major in Greater China Studies is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of this transition, the forces propelling this change, and their consequences for Asia and beyond. The Second Major in Greater China Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to specialize in issues such as urbanization, the policy challenges of managing rapid economic transition, regional governance and geo-politics, changing governance modalities associated with democratization, sustainable development, and the emerging policy challenges associated with meeting demands for housing, health, education, and social security.
Taught by leading specialists from multi-disciplinary and comparative perspectives, the Second Major in Greater China Studies is hosted by the Department of Asian and Policy studies and welcomes students from all around the world to join the Programme.