LBS8142 : Current Issues in International Business and Management

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module brings together diverse strands of business and management theory from across the curriculum to offer students an opportunity to integrate their knowledge. This should enable students to reach a higher level of understanding of both theory and practice in business and management and relate it to the topical events in the world – at the global, national and regional level. The module aims to develop students’ critical awareness of current affairs and to help them understand the connection between the news reported in the public domain and current topical debates, and the theory and practice of business and management. In achieving these aims, the module should help students develop as independent critical thinkers and astute professionals.

Outline Of Syllabus

As much as possible, the syllabus will be current-affairs-led i.e. events topical at the time of teaching will dictate the choice of relevant subject matter for lectures. The pool of topics that are likely to be included, in a variety aspects and configurations, is expected to include (but not be limited to) a selection from the following:
Strategy and Organizations
International and Global Organizations
Organizational and National Culture
Power and Politics
Business Ethics and Values
Gender and Diversity
The Future of Capitalism
Employment, Work and Organizations
Knowledge, Knowledge Work and Organizational Learning
Innovation , and Technology
Culture and Creative Industries
Quality and Productivity
Service Industries
Public Service

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Formative feedback session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching sessions are designed to accommodate the emergent, current-affairs-driven nature of the programme, as well as the range of subject matter covered in the module, which brings together knowledge from across the curriculum. Directed research and reading will provide a sound theoretical grounding for the students, whilst independent study will enable students to explore the themes of particular interest to them in more depth as well as stimulating independent thinking. The assessment preparation and completion time reflects the in-depth and creative nature of the assignment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MSeminar discussions of essay drafts/ outlines to model how to integrate theory with practice. Students model against own drafts.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will allow the students to demonstrate their ability to think and work independently and to develop and demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the subject matter of the module.

Reading Lists