• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course focuses on the political economy of regionalism [understood as a formal process of inter-governmental collaboration within a specific geographical space]. We begin by examining the principal theoretical approaches to regional integration, drawn from the literatures of both economics and political science. We then consider the experience of various regional institutions in different parts of the world, and how these experiences relate to the theoretical approaches covered in the first part of the course. Our primary focus will be on the Asia-Pacific region but we will also look at the EU and NAFTA.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify the major regional groupings in the contemporary global economy;
  2. Summarise and compare the principal theoretical approaches to the study of regional integration;
  3. Design and complete a research project on a comparative aspect of regional integration; and,  
  4. Evaluate and assess the principal theoretical approaches in the light of your own research.

Indicative Assessment

Seminar paper plus informed informed participation in the seminars in order to identify the major regional groupings in the global economy (10%) (Learning OUtcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4);

Research essay of 3,500 words on an aspect of regional integration to be determined in conjunction with tutor (50%)  (Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4);

Final examination of 2000 words on theoretical approaches to regional integration (40%) (Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4).

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars over 12 weeks; and,
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

Luk van Langenhove, Building Regions: The Regionalization of World Order

Acharya, Amitav, and Alastair Iain Johnston eds. Crafting Cooperation: Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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