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Unit Overview


Asia literacy is considered not simply as an issue of speaking Asian languages, but in a broader context of having the cultural and institutional knowledge and experience to successfully do business with Asia. This unit provides knowledge-based training in Asian customs and business environment, it equips students with “soft skills” as part of a deeper understanding of how critical knowledge of Asia are to building strong engagement and business skills.

This unit is designed as a Work-Integrated Learning unit . A "flipped internship" teaching model will be employed, where students will have opportunities to tackle real cross-cultural business tasks for companies.

During this unit students will explore the broad picture of Asia and the role of government in Asian business environment, they will be given an opportunity to tackle real issues for organizations deal with Asia based in Perth, learn about the question of “how to”, such as dealing with cross-cultural conflicts, business etiquette, and social media marketing in Asia.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a highly-developed awareness of the ways in which contemporary Asian businesses engagements are, including cultural and institutional knowledge of Asian countries; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the extent to which their skills meet the needs of the future business landscape; (3) apply practical skills in problem solving

; and (4) effectively communicate in oral and written forms about the diverse facets of Asia and how to do business in this part of the world.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) e-portfolio; (2) project report; and (3) reflection and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Maggie Ying Jiang
Unit rules
48 points of study
Contact hours
3 Contact hours a week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.