Global Opportunities

BUS3345 : Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Study Abroad Sem 1)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module provides a challenging and eclectic range of perspectives on globalization, multinational corporations, varieties of capitalism and international business. The module builds on knowledge from previous modules and brings 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) Globalisation and Multinational Companies
2) Theoretical perspectives on the challenges facing MNCs
3) Strategies used to manage the challenges of globalization
4) Comparative Business Systems

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 reading125:0025:00N/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 seminars (term 1) will be 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 seminars also provide a good opportunity to support student progress in relation to the skills-based outcomes of the module. The seminars have been thought of as student–led support sessions to facilitate student learning and the receipt of formative feedback from seminar tutors and peers. 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS3035Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business1N/A
BUS3055Contemporary Issues in International Business Management1N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MMock exam conducted during seminars and feedback provided in class.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam 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