Module Details

BE468-7-SP-CO: International Environment Of Business

Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 10
ECTS credit: 5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Professor Philip Hancock
Teaching Staff:
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Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module provides a critical introduction to some of the main topics and issues in international business and global political economy, applying both mainstream and more critical approaches to understanding them. The module will expose students to a range of different literatures addressing the business environment in the international context, discussing the historical, economic, cultural and political forces that shape contemporary global capitalism. The module will explore political debates, academic scholarship and civic mobilization around the phenomenon of globalisation. Through a range of different, often competing, theories students will be invited to critically engage with attempts to characterise the contemporary business environment, and to question the frequently taken
for granted assumptions about the way today's global economy is organised.

Module Aims
1. To provide an overview of the main topics and issues in studies of globalisation
and international political economy.
2. To introduce students to ideas, theories and concepts from the social sciences in order to facilitate a critical understanding of major structures and processes
shaping the international business environment.
3. To engage with these ideas, theories and concepts in order to assess their value in contributing to knowledge about international management and enhancing students' capacities to act as informed citizens.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1. Explain the importance of studying international business environment and
2. Apply conceptual frameworks developed during the module to practical examples and case studies.
3. Evaluate the various ideas, theories and concepts that are relevant to the topics
discussed in terms of their ethical, political and practical implications.

Learning and Teaching Methods



100 per cent Coursework Mark


One 2,500 word journal article review

Other information

This module is compulsory for:

MSc in International Management

Postgraduate Administrator - Jade D'Mello

Further information