Course Title: Regional Development and Intenational Business: Europe and Asia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Regional Development and Intenational Business: Europe and Asia

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Professor Bruce Wilson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8214

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the importance of regions within nations in driving overall national economic performance, with consequent implications for political, social and cultural development.

Students will gain insights into, and knowledge of, the significant, contrasting initiatives that have been taken in both the European Union and Asian countries to understand and promote regional economic development, drawing on OECD insights.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • analyse the key assumptions underpinning EU Regional Policy, and to describe how they are reflected in particular initiatives;
  • evaluate key institutions of the European Union, EU Regional Policy and its relevance to European integration;
  • synthesise key Asian examples of regional development policy, and their underpinning assumptions;
  • apply the various theoretical concepts of regional integration to analyse, compare and contrast specific policy initiatives in Europe and Asia while showing their relevance to OECD countries including Australia.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is structured so that students are able to prepare for an intensive week of classes through reading preparatory online references which introduce each of the key topics. There will be opportunities for student to reflect on the reading through access to an online discussion board.

The principal focus of student engagement will be a week of intensive face-to-face contact. This will be conducted on the Melbourne City campus of RMIT and will involve lectures, seminars, workshops and off-site visits. After the intensive, students will undertake additional research and complete assessment tasks.

The course is designed also to be offered in online mode. After two years of offering, the School might choose to offer the course over a full semester both online and onshore.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be given access to a wide range of resources through a textbook and online content via MyRMIT.

These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Students will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing their own research findings and sources with their peers.

Overview of Assessment

Students are assessed on three specific activities:

  • Initial Outline of regional Developments Challenges
  • Group Presentation during Final Sessions, plus written group submission
  • Major Assignment