Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia

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Summer 2024, Spring 2025

Application period:  Read more in application instructions!

Time: Spring term 2024, summer term 2024, spring term 2025

Spring term 2024
– Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia (3 ECTS): 8.1. – 7.4. 2024
Country study (2 ECTS) 26.2.-21.4.2024

Summer term 2024
-Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia (3 ECTS) only: 20.5.-31.7.2024 (only for students of the member universities of the Asia Network)

Level: Introductory / Basic

Language: English

Amount of credits: 3 cr + 2 cr

Organizer: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku / University Network for Asian Studies

Contact person: University lecturer Outi Luova, University of Turku
Course instructor (country study module): Dr Wei Lu, Aalto University

Goals: East and Southeast Asia is home to one-quarter of the world’s population and is a fast growing economic region. This course provides you with basic information about business and management practices in this macro-region. Students will learn transferable skills such as searching and summarizing new information, and identifying and understanding 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. If you are planning to complete the Asian Programme or a Mini Minor, you should take both parts of the course (3 + 2 credits).

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

This course is free and available for everyone.

You can register independently to this course on the DigiCampus page without application process. See details below.

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 the students’ learning process.

This course has 6 modules: Introduction to the region; Location decisions; Market access and modes of entry; Supply chains; Multicultural communication; China.

Students can complete the coursework according to their own schedule during the course period. Additionally, there will be some exercises given in February that need to be completed 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 it is not available in your university/municipal library, you can make a book acquisition request. The book is available for purchase in electronic and printed form.

Grading: pass / fail

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

If you register for the course independently, you will get a certificate of completion from the DigiCampus platform. In this case, if you want to receive study credits, check with your university/polytechnic in advance whether they approve this course to your study programme.

2. Country study (2 credits)

This course is available for the students of the member universities of the Asia Network, and self-funding students of the Asia Network. It has a maximum intake of 50 students.

This course complements the 3-credit introductory course. Only students who are enrolled for the introductory course, or have previously taken the course are eligible to apply for this course.

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

1) Read background materials,
2) write short texts and participate in group discussions, and
3) 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.

Application for the courses:

You can take the 3-credit course Introduction to Business in East and Southeast Asia without a separate application. In that case you will not receive study credits, but only a course certificate. To register independently,  sign up on this DigiCampus page using your Google password or your HAKA-credentials (students from Finnish universities or polytechnics). You can see the registration times at the DigiCampus website.

Students who are accepted to the courses through the application process of the Asia Network receive study credits once they have completed the courses with pass grade. More information about the time and application process is available in the application instructions.

Certificate and course credits

All students who complete the required course tasks successfully can print a certificate of completion on the DigiCampus platform.

Students who are accepted into this course through the Asia Network application process, and successfully complete the course work, get study credits. The credits are recorded in the Peppi Credit Registry at the University of Turku. The students are responsible for transferring the credits to their own university/department. For detailed instructions, read the Study Guide.

Asia Network does not provide study credits to other students. If you want to get study credits from this course, check in advance with your university/polytechnic if they give credits for the MOOC certificate.

Note! This course replaces the old Business in East and Southeast Asia online course. If you have already completed the old version with study credits, you cannot include the new MOOC version in your degree as a new course with new credits. However, if you still want to take this course out of interest, you can do so and receive the MOOC certificate from DigiCampus after completion. In that case, register for the course directly through the DigiCampus course site.

If you are doing the Asian Programme Minor, you can include this course in the minor as one of the basic level courses, as long as you haven’t completed the old equivalent course earlier.


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