Course Title: Business and Government in the Global Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business and Government in the Global Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Meagan Tyler

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5962

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F09

Course Coordinator Availability: via Email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The respective, roles and complementary interactions between business and government are essential for the political economy within countries. Due to its productive function, business experiences and enjoys a position of privilege with governments, while a key part of government is focussed on monitoring, managing and regulating business. The structure and role of business and government have been changing rapidly in the past two decades: so too have the conceptual tools for understanding changes in these two major entities of all societies on the globe. Business and Government in the Global Context critically reviews contemporary academic writing and commentary on developments and uses case examples and multiple forms of resources in this course to familiarise students with theoretical, normative and practical issues to gain a heightened appreciation of the interconnections, dependency and complexity between business and government and the importance of the relationship.

On completion of this course you should have a developed understanding of the variation in terms of the character and inter-relationship of business and government in contemporary societies including: ever changing public sector and private sector boundaries, the re-configuration of the mixed economies, the neo-liberal paradigm - its critics and supporters, the impact on the socio-political environment has business, the role of interest groups in public policy, changing expectations of corporate governance and ethics, the role of business advocacy, government regulation of business, alternatives of self-regulation and co-regulation, the effects of globalisation, and the growth of multinational and transnational corporations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the complexities of globalisation and its impact on societies.
  2. Identify and discuss the independent, interdependent and dependant roles of government and business
  3. Critically discuss the current issues relating to “business and government in a global context.”
  4. Identify and discuss the stakeholders in the global context – state and non-state actors which include an array of businesses ranging in size from one-person proprietorships to corporate giants, and non-government organisations.
  5. Analyse and evaluate current issues in the global context and propose ways that these issues can be managed including risks to global societies.
  6. Construct and present effective oral and written forms of professional communication.
  7. Develop and apply skills in research and analysis based on literature reviews in select topics relating to business practice and demonstrate and understanding of appropriate referencing conventions.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course examines the concept of globalisation, the global economy, the role of the state and of the corporation with the global context. Topics pertaining business, government and globalisation linking other issues such as power, inequality and poverty, sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility, the political economy, global skills shortages, ageing populations and associated demographic issues, and the future will be key focus areas.
The learning activities are with 12 one hour lectures, complemented by 12 two hour workshop/tutorials and one hour of Online Self-Directed Learning resources available on the course blackboard.
Participants will actively take responsibility for their own learning by independent reading, analysis, evaluation, writing and brief presentations and participation within workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no specific text book for this course. The online course content accessed via the student portal myRMIT. The Learning resources include a copy of each lecture PowerPoint with complementary readings including book chapters, journal articles, newspaper articles, YouTube sources, and major reports, podcasts, and videos. Activities for the workshops are also available on the course blackboard site. You will be shown how to access quality academic sources to develop theory own resources.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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.