Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to ASEAN

Introduction to ASEAN (OGP103)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $3185.05 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Student SUcceSS Centre


OGP103 Introduction to ASEAN is an online course that frames political-economic interests, US-China relations, information technology, and HES trends as the emerging parameters of commercial practices in the region. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the major disciplines of history, political economy, area studies, diasporic studies, and East Asian studies. In analysing the integration and evolution of ASEAN10 as it grapples with new threats in HES, the US-China trade war, the Chinese belt-and-road initiative, and other long-standing socio-cultural differences, this course seeks to shed light on how, despite its diversity, ASEAN continues to search for a common path that could better position itself in dynamic geo-political circumstances.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - 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.


  • A history of ASEAN
  • The path towards ASEAN10
  • Political-economic interests of ASEAN members
  • Sociocultural diversity amongst ASEAN members
  • ASEAN’s impact on commercial practices
  • ASEAN between US and China
  • The BRI and ASEAN
  • Leadership styles amongst ASEAN members
  • Common threats to ASEAN
  • Information and Communication Technological impact on ASEAN
  • Health, Environment, and Security issues in ASEAN
  • The future of ASEAN

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the speed, scope, and impacts of the development of ASEAN10 as an independent institution and as a partner of other regional and global players
  • Explain the political-economic and socio-cultural impacts of ASEAN arrangements on regional business activities
  • Relate emerging regional schemes like the Belt and Road Initiative to the transformation of relationships between ASEAN members
  • Identify the major political-economic interests of ASEAN states that shape commercial relations with other regions
  • Analyse the impact of information and communication technologies on ASEAN development
  • Examine how ASEAN states deal with common health, environmental, and security threats
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