Course Title: Managing International Business Responsibly

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing International Business Responsibly

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


Singapore Inst of Management


630H Management


Offsh1 19,
Offsh3 19


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Maria Beamond(SIM,Vietnam,SUIBE,Melb Sem2);Dr Kate Grosser (Sem1 Melbourne)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253677; +61 3 9925 1311

Course Coordinator Email:;

Course Coordinator Location: B8 0F09 R58(Maria);B080 F08 R080(Kate)

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

While there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, students are reminded that this is an intermediate level course. It is designated as a second year (mid-degree) subject in the Bachelor of Business (International Business). This course is deemed unsuitable for students who have less than 96 credit points (1 years worth) of previous HE study experience. If you are a ‘first-year’ student, please delay your enrolment into this course until you have entered your second year. If you have any questions or doubts about whether you should enrol or not in this course, please contact the course coordinator.

Course Description

This course introduces you to contemporary theories about business responsibility in a global context, how these theories can be applied in practice, and the implications for management across a range of business functions.

In the last 20 years a series of corporate scandals and financial crises have brought the question of how to manage international business responsibly to the attention of leaders and communities across the globe. Industry leaders are increasingly looking for employees who can think innovatively about this challenge. This course will provide you with knowledge and a range of skills to do that. You will learn how taking social and environmental issues into account can contribute to core business models and strategy. You will also learn how to work with a range of stakeholders to improve outcomes throughout the value chains of international business. You will be exposed to new ways of understanding and governing the relationship between business and society.

Activities and assignments are designed to facilitate theory application and peer learning in a friendly, open atmosphere.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO1: Articulate the core characteristics of responsible business management in a global context.

CLO2: Describe and appraise different definitions of responsible management.

CLO3: Identify and assess the key stakeholders in international business in different contexts.

CLO4: Propose ways to communicate and engage with international business stakeholders.

CLO5: Describe and evaluate ways in which accountability for managing international business responsibly can be enacted.

CLO6: Critically analyse the role of governments, business and civil society actors in the governance of business - society relations.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be encouraged to act as an active learner and engage in a variety of learning activities including, but not limited to: reading; watching multi-media materials; discussing/debating ideas; analysing case studies; conducting research; problem solving; working in a team; giving presentations; and reflecting on your own learning.

This course is offered at multiple locations employing different learning modes. This means that the nature of the learning activities may vary depending on where you are enrolled. You may participate in face to face lectures, workshops, seminars, online discussions and collaborative activities. 

To develop and test your professional problem solving capability you will be undertaking projects negotiated with industry or community organisations and benefit from representatives’ briefing and feedback on your work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies/Canvas. 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.

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 and made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks


The table below aligns the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes.


Assessment Overview

Assessment Task

Weighting (%)

Linked CLOs

Assessment Task 1


CLO1, 2 and 3

Assessment Task 2


CLO1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 3


CLO1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6

Feedback for in-course assessment tasks will normally be provided within 10 working days of the deadline for submission of the assessment work or, if a student is granted an extension, within 10 working days of the date when the student submitted the work.