The objective of OEL335 is to provide students with the conceptual tools and learning experiences to develop a deeper understanding business organisations in Myanmar. This is achieved through a combination of experiential learning, e-learning, classroom activities, and participation in an overseas trip to Yangon, Myanmar. As one of the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia with an area of 676,578 km² and a population of over 60 million people, Myanmar represents a very large domestic consumer and labour market for the world. In recent years, Myanmar has gained much attention globally – in part, with the political development with the National League for Democracy (NLD) under Aung San Suu Kyi, signalling a return to formal political (and democratic) processes; and in part, with the abundant untapped resources the country has to offer, now open to the world market. While still underdeveloped in the major industrial and economic sectors and infrastructure, Myanmar is undeniably a land of opportunities. This course seeks to expose students to the broader theme of “modernisation” and its impact on how businesses operate in Myanmar. As a global force that originated from Europe in the 1700s, components of modernisation like industrialisation, urbanisation, the scientific revolution, and colonialism continue to shape the rest of the world in different ways. Through a direct encounter with how modernisation manifests itself in the domain of commerce in an ex-colony of the British that underwent military rule, students would be able to better appreciate how the local contexts interact with a historical force to produce indigenous solutions to global challenges.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July