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2012/2013  BA-2REI  Regional Economic Integration in Asia

English Title
Regional Economic Integration in Asia

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
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 07-08-2012
Learning objectives
As the foundation for the assessment, the students must demonstrate ability to:
  • Describe recent trends in regional economic integration in (East) Asia
  • Analyze these trends in the light of the interaction between diverse national economic and political contexts in the region and the broader forces of economic globalization.
  • Explain these patterns and changes in terms of theories of regional economic integration and disintegration.
Regional Economic Integration in Asia:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below

The students are to hand in an essay based 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-selected 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.

Students may choose to submit individually (max.10 standard pages) or in groups of two (max.15 standard pages). Students submitting a joint research paper must clearly indicate who has written what sections, as grading are individual.

Course content

Overall, the course will provide a comprehensive introduction to regional economic integration in Asia focusing on the relationships between the East Asian economies and firms as well as those of India and Pakistan. The course aims to analyse the drivers and outcomes of regional economic integration within the context of broader globalisation forces.

The course examines the remarkable rise of the East Asian region and its present position in the global economy. This includes an understanding of regional trade, investment and business linkages between Japan, China and other Asian economies and businesses as well as the political 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 economies.  The question of how regional economic integration affects environmental and social conditions throughout the region will be a cross-cutting theme throughout the course.

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.

Expected literature

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).

Last updated on 07-08-2012