Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicola Charwat


This unit will explore regional trade governance, with a special focus on the Asia, Asia-Pacific and Australasian regions. Topics addressed in the unit include; what is regional trade governance; regional dispute settlement; how are regional trade agreements made, who by and for whose benefit; the relationship between regional trade agreements and the global/multilateral regime; the extent to which regional trade governance impacts on the internal politics and law of participating nation states; whether regional trade governance manages the interface between trade and social goals effectively, for example, should regional trade agreements include provisions to actively promote developmental, environmental, health and other public interest goals.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the framework of regional trade governance arrangements and dispute settlement processes
  2. understand how and why regional trade agreements are made and the role of states, market factors and civil society in the process
  3. understand the relationship between regional trade agreements and the global multilateral regime
  4. assess the impact of regional trade agreements on participating states and the interface between regional trade agreements and objectives, such as developmental, environmental and public health goals.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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