MGX5120 - Contemporary Asia - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Wendy Smith

Not offered in 2017


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%

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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