Culture and Business Practice in Asia

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture and Business Practice in Asia

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Business

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course aims to provide you with the historical background, current knowledge and skills that will assist you to professionally interact with Asian countries, in particular East and Southeast Asian countries and peoples. Lectures and tutorials focus on Australia’s major business partner countries and regions of Asia, namely the People’s Republic of China including Taiwan, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Reference is also made to the increasingly significant economic and political relationships between Asian countries, the world powers and Australia. History, as well as social and cultural, political, economic, legal, artistic, and environmental dimensions will be introduced. The evolution of these areas over recent decades and their impact upon professional and business practice will be introduced and discussed. Interrelationship between these countries and other countries in the Asia Pacific region as well as their global performance will be explored. Emphasis will be put upon bilateral, political, economic, business and cultural relationship between Australia and these individual countries.

    Economic change and its impact upon government, business, ethnic minorities, social classes and individuals are examined by applying contemporary analytical perspectives from the fields of history, political economy and international relations. Strong emphasis is placed upon the enduring relevance of religious, social and political traditions in Asia. Drawing upon examples, the constraints imposed by cultural distance will be highlighted together with strategies to overcome cultural obstacles to trade and investment, international exchange and cooperation. You are encouraged to reflect upon the processes and consequences of cultural change in Asia and assess how such change might shape future professional and business practice. 


    Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

    • gather and present general information about the Asian region with focus of major countries introduced in the course;
    • thematically think about each country’s economy, political system, and cultural background;
    • conceptualize and compare the cultural, political and economic dimensions of the context of business and professional practice in each country;
    • systematically critique the interrelationships between politics and economics at the local, national, regional and global level;
    • interpret and operationalise information as a basis for devising commercial or professional strategies for interaction with an Asian country or sub region;
    • relate Australia’s links with Asia to the enhancement of Australia’s position in the region


    Overview of Learning Activities

    You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures/seminars, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. In addition your learning will be supported by by videos, films, group learning activities including debate and mock negotiations, research, group presentations, field exercises, electronic discussion and exchange. Guest speakers from diplomatic posts and prominent professionals may be invited to lectures and seminars.

    You are encouraged to engage in living, learning and working experience in one of the Asian countries of their particular interest and to apply theory and knowledge obtained from this course to real-world contexts. 


    Overview of Learning Resources

    RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Specifically, online weekly readers are available and released on weekly basis prior to each lecture; recommended readings will be available on-line and relevant video tapes and CDs will be available from RMIT library or public libraries.

    Relevant websites introduced to you during the course delivery will provide you with updated information around course topics 


    Overview of Assessment

    You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks are designed to guide you to appreciate the professional value of “cultural knowledge” broadly defined as knowledge of different cultures, political systems, and social values.

    Assessment may include in-class learning participation, including debates, discussions and presentations; writing tasks including a research essay proposal and essay; and a final exam.

    Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

    If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

    Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:


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