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Module

BUS3035 : Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Harsh Jha
  • Demonstrator: Mr Johannes Schmalisch, Dr Sawlat Zaman, Dr Martí Lopez Andreu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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) 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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:0018 recorded lectures (1 hour each; 9 each in Sem 1 and Sem 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:006 seminars (1 hour duration; 3 each in Sem 1 and Sem 2) - Present in Person (PIP)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk121:0012:00PIP - Conceptual discussions; learning points/insights; pre and post assessment talks; Drop-ins
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BUS3055Contemporary Issues in International Business Management
BUS3345Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Study Abroad Sem 1)
BUS3058Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Erasmus/SA Sem2)
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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination991A5024-hour timed exam (take home) - 2000 words maximum
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BUS3055Contemporary Issues in International Business Management1N/A
BUS3345Contemporary Issues in International and Comparative Business (Study Abroad Sem 1)1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A50Individual Assignment of 2000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents prepare notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Written exercise2MStudents prepare notes on assignment for peer and tutor discussion during Q&A to scaffold learning for the main assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will be assessed via a 24-hour timed exam for Sem 1 and an individual assignment for Sem 2. This will allow the students to cover the entire curriculum to make the most of their learning.

Reading Lists

Timetable