Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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 Economics
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Eduard Bomhoff


This unit focuses on broad topics, including industrialisation, sectoral shifts in employment, urbanisation, education and health in developing and middle income countries. Students will acquire a deeper and more structured understanding of trends in the region and will also be able to better evaluate remaining differences in development between developing and middle-income nations in Asia and the rich countries that are the main focus of their economics textbooks. The unit will assist students with their preparation for employment by companies that operate in developing and middle-income nations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. appreciate the principal differences in the social and business environment between developing and fully developed economies
  2. understand trends in urbanisation, sectorial shifts in employment in developing and middle-income countries in Asia
  3. achieve some insight in cultural trends into poor and middle income countries and be able to better evaluate cultural differences between developing and fully developed nations
  4. get a sense of the challenges for the political systems in poor and middle-income countries and in governance trends in these countries in Asia.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

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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