Singapore University of Social Sciences

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia (CCS252)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 31 May 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378

Area of Interest: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Belt and Road in Southeast Asia facilitates dialogue between students and industry players to develop students’ understanding of the modus operandi of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia, one of the key destinations for BRI investments. Students will learn how ASEAN member states, including Singapore, have engaged with China under the BRI, and find out about the economic and geopolitical impact of the initiative on the region. The course begins with a background to the BRI and an overview of Southeast Asia’s infrastructure needs. Through case studies of ASEAN member states, students will gain insight into how domestic and regional issues pose challenges to the implementation of BRI projects and, ultimately, how Southeast Asia’s relations with China may evolve with the growing trade and connectivity afforded by the BRI.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July
E-Learning: - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus. To be confirmed


  • Understanding the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Comparative Case Studies: Singapore and Brunei
  • Comparative Case Studies: Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Comparative Case Studies: Vietnam and Philippines
  • Comparative Case Studies: Cambodia and Laos
  • Comparative Case Studies: Thailand and Myanmar

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the scope, modus operandi and significance of the BRI.
  • Comment on the diversity of Southeast Asian states.
  • Apply knowledge of Southeast Asian politics, economics and international relations to BRI case studies.
  • Assess the opportunities and risks that BRI presents to Southeast Asian states.
  • Propose how Southeast Asian states may mitigate the risks of BRI projects.
  • Analyse the impact of BRI on regional relations and on ASEAN.
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