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Final Prompts and Logistics, Winter 2016
International Political Economy of East Asia

The Prompts

Q1. “The Asian model of development still holds relevant and positive lessons for today’s developing countries. The basic model is an easily replicable one. Many other countries possess or can develop the domestic attributes and institutions that the East Asian nations utilized. Despite some changes in the international environment, nations can still find opportunities that they are able to take advantage of. Today’s developing nations can still use this model in their efforts to industrialize and develop.”
[For the debate, Team C will AGREE, Team B will DISAGREE]
Q2. “To understand the inherent flaws of the East Asian approach to development, one should look to Japan’s longstanding economic crisis and the Asian Financial Crisis. Whenever any government becomes too involved in guiding an economy, bad things inevitably happen. Market signals become distorted, investment becomes excessive, and regional and global export markets become saturated. Above all, economic decisions become overly politicized and infected by crony capitalism. Besides, the East Asian approach entails other significant costs, ranging from authoritarianism to the exploitation of labor to environmental degradation. Given these flaws and costs, newly developing countries should be discouraged from even thinking about emulating this developmental model.”
[For the debate, Team D will AGREE, Team A will DISAGREE]
The Take-Home Final Papers
As for the midterm, you will be writing on BOTH of the two questions in your final exam, except that your essay will be SIX double-spaced pages.  Address the other question in a single-page extended outline format.
Remember to cover BOTH sides of the debate, and stay focused on the parameters of the question.  Get as deep into the analysis as you can.  You should have your own position, of course, but you must demonstrate that you fully understand all sides of these one-sided statements. (I append the “rubric” I use at the bottom of this message.)
As before, you will need to draw on all of the materials that we have covered throughout the course, including from before the midterm.  Also, be sure to bring in insights from our readings when appropriate, especially since we have had to skim so much of the material at the end of the quarter.
You of course are writing your own, original papers, but I encourage you to work with, and learn from, your teammates.
* Please put your name on a front cover page, but not on the inner pages of your essay or extended outline (please include your student ID on subsequent pages).
If you have questions, you can contact me via e-mail or on my cell phone (949-677-7014).
Rubric for grading essays and outlines

Substance and presentation

— covers both sides, in a balanced manner; stays focused on the parameters of the debate
— covers all core points, with proper emphasis on the most important arguments
— presents materials in an organized manner (demonstrating understanding of the argument)

Strength of Analysis

— grapples with arguments on both sides, assesses validity of assumptions and evidence
— presents strong, thoughtful, deep, and insightful analysis (as opposed to mere description)
— has a clear and analytically supported argument/conclusion
III. Effort
— shows evidence of having really thought about the question
— incorporates insights from the readings (i.e., not just based on lecture or group work)

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