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Offered By: Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

This International Masters programme in Regional Integration examines the origins and consequences (for nation states as well as firms and citizens) of efforts and strategies to redraw boundaries of authority at the regional level in the context of intensified globalization. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, the programme focuses on explanations of the intensity and type of authority shift to regional institutions across issues and across regions. It places particular emphasis on understanding the relationship between regional integration and processes of economic globalization, the development of new forms of governance, and the reconfiguration of the state.

Aims And Objectives
The course aims to critically assess the significance of regional integration in terms of theoretical, conceptual, and empirical debates from a range of social science disciplines. On completion of this programme, students should have:

  • Arrived at an informed understanding of how regional integration and globalization are conceptualized and theorized.
  • Interpreted current processes associated with regional integration, including national development, economic interdependence, and globalization, the emergence of new forms of governance, the structural context in which these take place and their political, economic, legal, and social consequences.
  • Developed key analytical, interpretative, practitioner, oral and written presentation skills.

The programme requires students to undertake a total of 13 academic courses, an internship and write a project paper, amounting to a total of 48 credits. The requirements are categorized in the following modules:

Programme Core Course

  • Globalization and Economic Development (QXGB6101)
  • Political Economy of Regional Integration (QXGB6102)
  • Institutional and Legal Framework for Regional Integration (QXGB6103)
  • European Model of Regional Integration (QXGB6104)
  • Asia-Europe Trade and Financial Issues (QXGB6105)
  • Multilateral Institutions and Economic Development (QXGB6106)

AEI Core Courses

  • Political Economy of Asia-Europe Relations (QXGX6101)
  • Globalization and Regional Integration (QXGX6102)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis for Social Scientists (QXGX6103)
  • Advanced Studies in Malaysian Politics, Goverment and Economics (QXGX6105)

Cross-Programme Courses
Two courses drawn from other International Masters programmes

UM Elective Course
One course drawn from a selection of courses offered by University Malaya

Internship (QXGA6170)
One-month duration

Project Paper (QXGA6180)
To be written under supervision

Target Students
This programme is designed for students for whom an MA will be a prelude to careers in fields related to business, international, regional, government and non-governmental organizations, as well as teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of regional integration and globalization coupled with an advanced capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage. It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the economic, political, legal, and social issues that arise from intensified regional integration on a worldwide scale.