Globalisation and the Asia-Pacific and Australia

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalisation and the Asia-Pacific and Australia

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    In an increasingly interconnected world, an understanding of Australian politics and economics and the business environment requires an appreciation of what is happening in the world outside Australia. The dual effects of globalisation and regionalisation profoundly affect Australia. Globalisation, the Asia-Pacific and Australia offers an introduction to globalisation, the political economy of the Asia-Pacific and their impact on Australia.

    Course Introduction
    The Australian political economy has changed profoundly over the last three decades. The economy is more globalised and liberalised and Asia is now more important than ever before for Australian prosperity and security.

    The course analyses the impact of globalisation on Australia and Australia's relationship with the Asia-Pacific region. It also explores the political economy of Australian economic and security vulnerabilities.

    The course utilises a political economy approach to understand the impact of the world and Asia on Australia. The basic premise of political economy is a simple one: that it is impossible to understand economic forces and developments, without considering political forces and developments and vice versa.

    Course Aims
    This course introduces students to Australian political economy and the impact of globalisation and the Asia-Pacific region.
    Issues covered include:
    globalisation as a social science concept
    the relationship between economics and politics
    Australia's economic and security vulnerabilities
    the world political economy
    the rise of Asia
    the impact of economic globalisation on Australia
    Australia's relationship with Asia
    the domestic politics of globalisation
    the impact of trade, finance and investment
    globalisation and inequality
    globalisation and climate change
    the future of globalisation
    This course provides a crucial foundation for students of Asian studies, international relations, and international business. It provides an essential introduction for those going on to study the various business and social environments of the Asia-Pacific region and complements other core subjects in the first year International Business and International Relations programs.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the concepts of globalisation and the Asia-Pacific
    2 Analyse and think critically about the issues and debates surrounding the intertwined relationship between politics and economies in Australia and elsewhere
    3 Understand the impact of the world economy and the region on Australia
    4 Analyse the complexities of Australia's global and regional relationships and the differential impacts of globalisation and regionalisation on Australia
    5 Understand the transformation of the Australian political economy over the last thirty years
    6 Effectively communicate course specific knowledge to other students and teachers
    7 Access diverse sources of information, think critically and solve problems related to course specific issues and generally
    8 Think creatively about writing and analytical skills and have a greater ability to make critical judgements on key issues about Australia in an increasingly globalising and regionalising world.

    Assessment Summary
    Peer Contribution-Weighted 205/20
    Workshop Question-Weighted 10%/10
    Major Essay-Weighted 30%/30
    Final Exam-Weighted 40%/40

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.