Business and Politics in Asia Pacific Region

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business and Politics in Asia Pacific Region

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Business, International Politics

  • 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
    This course surveys the comparative political economy of East Asia, a highly dynamic region and one of critical importance to Australia's economic prosperity and security. It examines nine countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. Within these national settings, it focuses on government interventions in national economies and business involvement in politics, and activities that have helped to shape different rates of economic growth and political openness.
    Course Introduction
    Business and Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region is primarily a survey course about the comparative political economy of East Asia, addressing nine different countries. Unlike courses on globalisation, it gives more attention to relations between government and business in discrete national settings than to crossnational forces. It focuses on government interventions in national economies and business involvement in politics, activities that have helped to shape different rates of economic growth and different amounts of political openness. State apparatuses, industrial structures, economic growth and decline, social change, and political democratisation are thus key areas of inquiry.
    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to introduce second and third year students in the Department of International Business and Asian Studies programs to the domestic politics, industrialising experiences, and business practices of the East Asian region. In this way, students will gain an understanding of the East Asian region which, when elaborated with other economics classes and applied courses in the International Business degree program, should enhance their chances of gaining employment with firms dealing in the East Asian region. The course is also applicable for students of international relations in the Asia Pacific region and Asian studies generally. In addition, this course aims simply to inspire in students a life-long interest in the region, whether they are based in Australia or overseas.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Offer a sophisticated explanation for the rise of East Asian economies after World War II, the causes of financial crisis during the late1990s, and the prospects for renewing growth today
    2 Develop an awareness of the unique role of governments in the region, but note also a context of cultural patterns, historical opportunities, and global forces.
    3 Organise large amounts of information, enhance their analytical skills, and encourage understanding of a region of great economic and cultural importance for Australia.
    4 Develop their presentation skills, while stimulating classroom discussion and interaction and develop concise arguments. Presentation skills are essential for the professional development of students contemplating careers in international business.
    5 Achieve content based outcomes, specifically knowledge of business-government dynamics in the East Asia region, enhanced capacity for analysis and evaluation, and new writing and presentation skills.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Guided discussion with peers
    Seminars (Discussion Leadership & Participation)


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Mid Semester Exam


    Exam - constructed response
    Final Examination


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.