Course Title: International Industrial Organisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Industrial Organisation

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Bigehan Karabay

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5867

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The rise of large international firms and the consequent globalisation of the world economy is arguably the most important economic phenomenon of recent times. This course provides the economic analysis of large and multinational enterprises (MNEs) for future business leaders. We will examine and assess (i) why firms exist and how they grow and (ii) the different activities of these firms and how they are determined by technology and competitive forces. Finally, we assess (iii) how policymakers deal with the tension between a firm's market power and social welfare in developed and developing countries.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO1: Apply economic models and use relevant data to analyse real world issues in a global environment within different contexts.

CLO2: Analyse the behaviour of MNEs, their challenges and opportunities in a global economy.

CLO3: Assess the costs and benefits of MNEs and the role of government.

CLO4: Evaluate globalisation arguments in the context of poor and rich countries and assess the political motivations driving them.

CLO5: Examine the consequences of MNEs and globalisation in terms of societal well-being in developed and developing nations

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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: 25%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 35%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 40%

Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5