Course Title: Sustainable International Business Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable International Business Futures

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4388

City Campus

Postgraduate

630H Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Summer2017,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: A/Professor Sharif As-Saber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5526

Course Coordinator Email: sharif.as-saber@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80 Level 08

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

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. These include: MNCs’ 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 you 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.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful 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. Demonstrate a critical understanding and mastery of the concepts, principles, theories, methods and contemporary practices of international business and 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


Overview of Learning Activities

In addition to the twelve topics of deliberation on various international business concepts - including models and frameworks related to sustainable futures - a range of learning activities are incorporated into this course (e.g. case study, discussions, individual and group work). You are required to undertake these learning activities in order to help you achieve the learning outcomes.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.