2) You have to analyse a specific topic in (one of the) countries in the region we have analysed. You are free to pick one country, a group of countries (e.g. ASEAN) or the whole region (Far East). You have to compare this topic with the situation in your home country (it does not have to be Belgium, per se), a home region (e.g. Northern African countries) or a country/region you are familiar with (so, you do not have to be born there). Do not compare two far-Asian countries or regions. (REMARK: do not work on the same topic as your original paper. Choose a new topic).
3) The topic you analyse needs to be related to the economy or business-world. e.g. let’s say you write an essay about the effects of the population growth or ageing comparing Japan with Belgium. I need to read the impact of analogies, similarities, differences, contradictions on the economy/business world in both countries (e.g. consumption pattern, productivity, business structure, future macro economic growth…). So, a description of the impact of the population structure on the political stability of the countries is not OK. But if you take it a step further and discuss the relationship of the political stability (because of specific demographics) with the economy or business world, it would be accepted.
4) In the first paragraph (not the conclusion !!) I need to read your opinion. The rest of the paper consists of the discussion of your opinion:
– is there a reason why you are developing your opinion (e.g. your background, experience, reading, interest, …). Your opinion cannot simply be copied from somewhere. An opinion is personal ! Think that we are living in a privileged country and situation (university) where opinions are respected. Obviously, I cannot recommend you to express extremely radicalised opinions.
– support of your opinion with references, facts, figures etc… Here, the research part is crucial. Do not forget that in some occasions graphs say more than words. For the ones who do not know it: research goes far beyond consulting Wikipedia!!!
– discuss your opinion by for instance comparing it with other opinions you encountered. Do not forget: you do not have to “kill” all the other opinions. Sometimes, your opinion can be a logical consequence of opinions that were developed earlier or can be a symbiosis of various opinions.
– to be perfectly clear: I do not want to read a PESTLE analysis. We did this already in class. This paper does not have to be a “copy paste”.
5) Formal requirements (and I will be ‘tough’ on those):
– 7 pages (excl title page, references, figures, tables) max. This is around 3150 words. – Typeface: Arial 10pt (no other !) and 1,5 Line space.
– Include a reference list at the end of your paper. I would strongly advice to use APA (American Psychological Association) as reference format. If you did not use this style yet, consider it a good exercise for the future. In your bachelor thesis this format will be required.
6) Plagiarism will be taken into account. Normally you should be able to check this before handing in your paper.
7) Language: English. Obviously, you are not supposed to become an English major (content prevails). But, too many obvious errors, will be taken into account. The spell checker in Word and the consultation of dictionaries or on-line sources are strongly advised.