Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Remy Davison


This unit examines federalist, functionalist, neofunctionalist and international political economy explanations for regional economic integration by investigating the evolution of the European Union from a common market to an integrated economic market; and by exploring the processes of regional economic integration in East, Southeast and South Asia, including APEC, AFTA, AANZFTA and SAFTA. The unit includes study of inter-regionalism (ASEM), subregionalism (SEZs and growth triangles) and intra- and inter-regional plurilateral agreements, free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment agreements (BITs)


Students who complete this unit successfully will gain:

  1. an understanding of the common markets, customs unions and free trade areas in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
  2. students will develop their understanding of regional, subregional and plurilateral agreements in Europe and the Asia-Pacific
  3. students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of EU, ASEAN and SATFA commercial, legal and political agreements.
  4. students will comprehend the differentiated impact of economic integration and trade agreements upon specific industry sectors in Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
  5. students will gain exposure to the financial, legal and political aspects of international public policy implementation.
  6. students will gain an understanding of the economic, social and cultural challenges associated with the development of regional and subregional trading blocs in the Asia-Pacific.
  7. students will acquire research skills by undertaking a research analysis of a major policy area, utilizing primary and secondary-source materials.
  8. students will develop skills in critical oral and written assessment of the academic scholarship, including methods, assumptions and uses of evidence, and in organising and defending a verbal and written argument based upon these assessments.


Class participation: 5%
Class debate presentation: 10%
Policy analysis(2,000 words): 45%
Examination(2 hours):40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.
Workload requirements: 10 hours of private study hours per week.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


12 points of Politics/International relations at Level 1, or permission of unit coordinator.