Module Catalogue 2022/23

BUS1002 : Global Business Environment

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Xin Li
  • Lecturer: Dr Les Tickner, Mr Johannes Schmalisch, Dr Sawlat Zaman, Dr Ali Ahmed
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module provides a comprehensive survey of the complex and dynamic international environment in which organisations operate. Areas covered include:
•       locating globalisation and the internationalisation of business in a historical context
•       background to and reasons for today’s international regimes of global governance
•       overview of technological and social drivers of change in the global economy
•       development and regulation of global trade, investment and finance
•       changing role of the state within the global environment
•       trends in the internationalisation of business and in the evolving relationship between business and society
•       impact of emerging economies
•       introduction to relevance of business to major global societal challenges

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 topics provide a comprehensive overview of the background to and development of the Global Business Environment (GBE). Semester 2 topics then build on this to explore some current key trends in the GBE.

Semester 1 – Understanding the Global Business Environment
-       Introduction to the GBE
-       Origins and dimensions of the GBE
-       Technology and global business
-       Multilateral regulation and international trade
-       Multilateral regulation and financial liberalisation
-       MNCs and the internationalisation of corporations

Semester 2 – Current trends in the Global Business Environment      
-       States and regions
-       Impact of emerging economies
-       Responsibility and ethics for business in a global society
-       Populations and development
-       Business and the natural environment
-       Looking ahead – scenarios for the future

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of:

• the history and main dimensions of globalisation
• the roles of the various institutions and regimes that seek to regulate the global environment in which international business operates
• the principal theories of trade and liberalisation used to understand the global business environment
• impacts of prominent issues in the political economy of today’s evolving global economy and business environment.
• Ethics and CSR in global business management

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Identify and analyse relevant global and international issues and agendas which impact upon the business environment
• Evaluate the various responses of business and other international agencies to these issues and to ongoing changes in the international business environment
• Start to critically assess differing perspectives on the environment in which international business operates

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP lectures (10 x 1-hour lectures in Semester 1; 10 x 1-hour lectures in Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PiP seminars (4 x 1-hour seminars in Semester 1; 4 x 1-hour seminars in Semester 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Online Live [Teams or Zoom] (3 x 1-hour in Semester 1; 3 x 1-hour in Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS1003Global Business Environment I
BUS1010Global Business Environment II
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an introductory survey class of a broad topic. As such it is best suited to the standard lecture format, However, because this module frequently addresses issues that are being played out in the world around us, activities during class will at times require students to work in ad-hoc groups in class to develop responses to topical issues through discussion of, for example, current media articles.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A50in-person exam (alternative assessment 24-hour take home exam)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS1010Global Business Environment II2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative assessment will be given as part of the seminar activities.
Digital Examination2MFormative assessment will be given as part of the seminar activities.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Semester 1 will be assessed with an written assignment which will allow us to assess the students’ breadth and depth of understanding of the key concepts, issues and challenges in the current global business environment context.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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