This unit aims to explore the phenomenon of emerging Asian regionalism and how it affects global trade and investment flows within and outside the Asian Region. Asia comprises of several powerful and newly emerging economies and centres of economic activity, with many shared but some diverging economic priorities. Concepts related to Asian regionalism, economic cooperation, political and historical underpinnings, governance of trade & Investment and economic integration are examined with a special emphasis on patterns of inter and Intra region business. The unit specifically focuses on how Australia manages its trade and investment flows with other Asian economies.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Explore diverse facets of emerging Asian regionalism in the light of regionalism theories
  • Discuss how Asian regionalism influence the governing institutions, trade & investment, social & environmental policy and financial markets
  • Compare and contrast the flow of inter and intra trade & investment between the Asia region and the global economy.
  • Discuss and critique individually and in groups appropriate business strategies for firms operating in the Asian region.

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
1.00 12 weeks 12
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.50 12 weeks 114
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 20 - 30% 1,2,3,4 
Assignment 2Group 20 - 30% 1,2,4 
Reflective JournalIndividual 40 - 60% 1,2,3,4 


1.  Theories of regionalism

2. Concept of Emerging Asian Regionalism

3.  Trade patterns within and outside the Asian Region

4. Investment flows within and outside the Asian Region

5. Multilateralzing of Asian trade regionalism

6. Internationalisation of Asian SMEs

7. Asian Free Trade Agreements and their effect on trade and investment

8. Business Practices and models of lead countries and follower countries in Asia


Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.