Sustainable International Business Futures - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,360.00
International 3,610.00

Recently there has been growing interest in and critical engagement with the ethics and sustainability issues of international business. These include multinational operations' production activities in less developed countries; resource extraction and ecological degradation; tax avoidance and evasion; trade in illegal goods; people trafficking; and the international business of war. This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to understand and critique existing international business practices, and to develop options for international business futures with a focus on social, economic and ecological sustainability.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. develop a critical and reflective understanding of contemporary international business and management issues and their evolution from a sustainability perspective
  2. appraise the complexities and ambiguities affecting the various stakeholders in international business and management
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the national, regional and international processes and institutions aiding or hindering international business within the globalised economy
  4. assess the various socio-political, ethical, regulatory and environmental issues affecting the operations of multinational corporations in the global marketplace.
  • Assignment 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Test — Online (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introducing Sustainable International Business Futures: An Evolutionary Perspective
2Sustainable International Business Environment
3International Business Entry Modes
4International Trade and Investment Theories
5Black International Business: Ethics and corporate responsibility
6Governance issues in an integrating world
7Geopolitics and Lobbying in International Business
8Sustainable International Business Education
9Global Information Economy
10Critical Perspectives on International Business
11Sustainable International Business Competitiveness and Strategy
12Course Review and the Future of Sustainable International Business

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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