Sustainable International Business Futures - 2017

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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 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online Test (20%) , Assignment 2 - Group Assignment (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,600.00
International 3,850.00

There is a wide array of issues that influence, and are influenced by international business (IB) activities. These include socio-economic conditions, the natural environment, technological systems, political structures, and legal and regulatory frameworks.

Until very recently, the focus of IB activity and study was on profit generation through market growth by multinational corporations (MNCs). Recently, however, there has been growing interest in and critical engagement with other aspects of IB. There include: MNC's  production activities in 'less developed countries' (LDCs); resource extraction and ecological degradation, tax avoidance and evasion; trade in illegal goods; people trafficking; and the international business of war.

The question, therefore, arises-how sustainable are IB activities in the face of these increasingly complex and intensifying challenges?

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to understand and critique existing IB practices and to develop options for IB futures with a focus on social, economic and ecological sustainability.

This course addresses the following program capabilities:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding and mastery of the concepts, principles, theories, methods and contemporary practices of international business
  2. Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the legal, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of business operations, processes and decisions
  3. Apply technical, problem-solving and creative skills to provide contemporary international business perspectives and solutions to issues or problems in environments with high levels of complexity and uncertainty
  4. Conduct and manage business activities across borders, cultures and communities ethically and sustainably.

At completion of this course you 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, and
  4. Assess the various socio-political, ethical, regulatory and environmental issues affecting the operations of multinational corporations in the global marketplace.
  • Assignment 1 — Online Test (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group Assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Individual Assignment (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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
5Sustainable International Business Competitiveness and Strategy
6Critical Perspectives on International Business
7Black International Business: Ethics and corporate responsibility
8Governance Issues in a Globalising World
9Geopolitics and Lobbying in International Business
10Sustainable International Business Education
11Key Functional Issues in 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

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  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.
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