Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wendy Smith


The unit offers a general introduction to contemporary Asia, to regional problems and interactions and the relevant political, economic and other relationships, by identifying and discussing the major issues of the day and their illustration of significant regional themes. Discussion includes an analysis of relevant countries' history and culture as these affect issues and relationships.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify and critically evaluate the key events and trends in socio-political, socio-economic and socio-cultural affairs in the separate nation states of contemporary Asia
  2. assess the impact on Australia of selected contemporary events in Asia
  3. investigate the nature of regional interactions and conflicts, based on a comparative analysis of the history, politics, economy and culture of individual countries
  4. examine Australia's role in the region through a focus on her bilateral and multilateral relationships in Asia
  5. select a disciplinary area of interest and conduct an individual research project on one aspect of contemporary affairs in a chosen Asian country.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Wendy Smith

Contact hours

3 hours per week