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 Management
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Paul Kalfadellis and Dr Cristina Neesham


This unit assists students to understand the EU business practices in the context of EU economic, social and employment policy. In this unit, EU business regulation and practice is related to issues of trade and foreign investment, common agricultural policy, monetary policy and the euro. European social models are discussed in relation to labour policies, welfare systems and social insurance policies as they affect the business environment in Europe. Contemporary issues such as globalisation, EU enlargement, EU integration and EU relations with Australia will also be examined.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. increase awareness of the European Union
  2. interpret information and research on debates around the impact of social policy (e.g. the European social model/s) on economic performance and social progress
  3. analyse the key priorities and structural elements of business regulation in the EU
  4. explain the benefits and challenges of the existing economic and social policies in the EU
  5. understand the inter-relationships between the EU and the rest of the world.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

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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