Global Opportunities

BUS3058 : Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Erasmus/SA Sem2)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will provide a cutting edge overview of the very latest thinking and practice in
international business and management. It will provide a challenging and eclectic range of
perspectives on globalization, multinational corporations, varieties of capitalism and international
business. The module will build on knowledge from previous modules and bring together
contemporary issues pertinent to the areas of organization studies, sociology, HRM, economic
geography and international business, to help participants to develop a critical understanding of
contemporary organizations and the increasingly global environment in which they operate.

Outline Of Syllabus

1) American capitalism
2) Chinese and Japanese capitalism
3) UK capitalism
4) German capitalism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:007 x 2hour PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:003 x 1hour PiP seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:001 x 1hour LIVE online drop-in/surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3035Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business
BUS3055Contemporary Issues in International Business Management
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Contemporary issues in international business and management are contested and their understanding requires that students question the realities and rethorics of globalization, the activities and strategies of multinationals and the differences between various national business systems.

Lectures are a good opportunity to raise such issues and offer a good opportunity for students to engage and challenge them. This is a good way to promote knowledge and understanding of the issues in discussion. Lectures will also be used to present and debate various media material relevant to international business.

The course provides one revision session per semester ahead of the respective assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1002000 words individual essay.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudents prepare/submit notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay allows for the assessment of interrelated issues discussed in class, engaging students in analyzing the complexities and competing positions of different stakeholders in international business management.

Reading Lists