Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia

Spring 2021

C - Shanghai Pudong 3 2006 Lauri Paltemaa

Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia (3 + 2 ECTS)

From spring 2022 onwards this course will be organised in a new  format, with 3 ECTS basic MOOC course and 2 ECTS country study course.

Organiser: Center for East Asian Studies / University Network for Asian Studies

Time: 10 January -3 April, 2022

Goals: East and Southeast Asia has one-quarter of the world population and is a fast growing economic region. This course provides you with basic information about business and management practices in this macro-region. As transferable skills students will learn to search and summarize new information, and to identify and understand key issues related to business in Asia.

Contents:  The course is based on the textbook Doing Business in Asia. The course covers various aspects of business and management practices such as location decision, market access and supply chains. Students learn about individual countries as well as regional economic integration.

Taken as:

The course consists of two parts.

  1. MOOC course: Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia (3 credits)

This course is free and available for everyone. Students take the course independently in the DigiCampus-learning environment during the course period. The course book “Doing Business in Asia” is complemented with various online materials. Different online assignments such as quizzes, summaries and discussion tasks support students’ learning process.

Students can complete the coursework in their own schedule during the course period. There will be some exercises in February that need to be done within that month.

Textbook: Doing Business in Asia. Suder, Tsai and Varma. Sage, 2020. The book will be available in the libraries of the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, and also in some other university libraries. If the book is not available in your university/municipal library, you can make a book acquisition request.

Grading: pass / fail.

If you are accepted to this course through the application process of the Asia Network you will get study credits once you have completed the course successfully.

If you enroll to this course independently via the DigiCampus page, you will get a certificate of completion from the DigiCampus platform. In this case, if you want to get study credits, ask in advance from your university/polytechnic if they approve this course to your study programme.

2. Country study (2 credits)

This course is only available for the students of the member universities of the Asia Network, and self-paying students of the Asia Network.

This course complements the 3 credits introductory course. Students who are enrolled to that course, or have taken that course, are eligible to sign in to this course.

In this course, students can deepen their knowledge and get acquainted with the business environment of one country.

1) write short texts and participate in group discussions, and
2) write a short country study (ca 1500 words).

Grading: 1-5

The course is arranged in the DigiCampus learning platform. When the course starts, the course teacher will send the link and the key of the course page to all participants

If you are planning to complete the Asian Programme or Mini Minor, you should take the whole 5 credits.

Application period in November 2021. Go to application instructions.

Students who are accepted to this course through the Asia Network application process and complete successfully the course work, get study credits automatically.

The MOOC course (3 credits) can also be taken independently by enrolling to the course on the DigiCampus platform -> MOOC courses -> Asianet. Students who enroll to the MOOC course (3 credits) independently will get a certificate once they complete the course work successfully, but they will not get study credits.

Photo: Lauri Paltemaa, Asianet Material Bank