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2011/2012  BA-2REI  Regional Economic Integration in Asia

English Title
Regional Economic Integration in Asia

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course Coordinator
  • Peter Lund Thomsen - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
As the foundation for the assessment, the students must demonstrate ability to:
Describe recent trends and dynamics of the regional political-economic integration and disintegration of the (East) Asian economies.
Analyze these regional trends and dynamics as an effect of the interaction between diverse political-economic systems and agencies in the region on the one hand and the impact of globalization on the other hand.
Explain these patterns and changes in terms of theories of regional integration and disintegration of economic and business systems.
Regional Economic Integration in Asia:
Assessment Term Paper
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period May/June
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below

The students are to hand in an essaybased on a research issue rooted firmly in the obligatory course literature and reflecting all the three learning objectives of the course. The students will be required to formulate and answer a research question on a subject chosen by the student him- or herself, which exhibit a firm understanding of substantial parts of the issues covered in the course. The discussion may include aspects taught in the Programme or self-chosen material as well as relevant background knowledge, to the extent that such aspects are relevant to the subjects included in the teaching. The references used for the essay have to refer to a broad selection of the course literature and have to be written down explicitly. The minimum requirement is at least eight references from different texts in the curriculum (‘texts’ are here understood as articles or chapters in Pempel, 2005).

  • Students may choose to submit individually (max. 22.750 STU, app. 10 pages) or in groups of two (max. 34.125 STU, app. 15 pages), excluding appendices, references or other ancillary material. Students submitting a joint research paper must clearly indicate who has written what sections, as grading are individual.
Course Content

Aim of the course:

Overall, the course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the regional political-economic relations in Asia focusing on the relationships between the Asian economies and firms. The course aims to analyse the drivers and outcomes of regional integration and disintegration within the context of increasing globalisation and with particular emphasis on economic and business aspects.

Course contents:

The course examines the remarkable rise of the Asian region and its present position in the global economy. This includes an understanding of regional trade, investment and business linkages between Japan, South Korea, China, ASEAN countries, India, Pakistan and other Asian economies and businesses as well as the political and civilian institutions governing this development. Japan and China are the main economic powers in the region and a central theme in the course is the impact of the Japanese political economy on the Asian region and how the Japanese economic ‘hegemony’ has been challenged by the rise and internationalisation of the Chinese market economy and by other domestic, regional and global changes. Furthermore, it examines what sets various Asian business systems apart and how practices of the dominant business systems influence regional economy.

Teaching Methods
Lectures, class discussions, student presentations, etc.
Further Information

This course is part of the overall 2th year theme, "Economic and Cultural Context of Business Enterprises and Organisations"and is geared to the interests of students of Asian languages and economy.


A compendium of readings will be available in the bookstore one week before start of course.

Pempel, T.J. (ed) (2005) Remapping East Asia. The Construction of a Region, Ithaca: Cornell University Press (chapters not included in compendium).