Undergraduate Course: International Business: Globalisation and Trade 2A (BUST08008)
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will examine different types of foreign market entry strategy; the world trade regime and the various elements that comprise this environment eg. EU/ NAFTA; and issues in International Finance, Management, Production and Labour.
The IBGT course is devoted to an analysis of the global business environment, concentrating particularly on the world trading system including the increasingly important role played by the international financial institutions. The IBGT course, focusing more on macro-economic business patterns, processes and institutions, provides the basis for the IBMNE which looks more at the micro-level and the individual firm in a global business environment.
Student Learning Experience
The lecture programme provides an overview of international business concepts and practices, and is supported by suggested readings from the course text.
The compulsory weekly tutorials comprise a mix of conventional Teaching Assistant-supported group exercises and audio-visual exercises. The tutorials are used to support and develop concepts and theories taught in the lectures. The audio-visual sections allow students to observe the practices of companies in the international business area.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Business Studies course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual Essay (3000 words) = 40%,
Final Exam = 60% (2 questions of 4)
resit exam = 100%.
||Generic feedback on your coursework, together with individual marks, will be available on Learn on Thursday 1st December. You will also be able to review your individual feedback electronically via Grademark on Learn from the same date.
Your examination marks will be posted on Learn (together with generic feedback and examination statistics) as soon as possible after the Boards of Examiners meeting (normally end of January/beginning of February). You will have the opportunity to look at your examination scripts in early February in the UG Office (Room 1.11, Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place). Non-Honours students are permitted to take examination scripts away with them from the UG Office.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||International Business: Globalisation and Trade 2A||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||International Business: Globalisation and Trade 2A||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and discuss the processes behind the globalisation of the world economy, tempered by an understanding of the way in which economic, political and cultural diversity persists, and constrains the homogenisation of consumer behaviour.
- Understand and discuss the importance and dynamics of the world trading system for global economic development and international business.
- Understand and discuss the significance of trade for the major world economies, shifts in their competitive advantages and the threats to free trade.
- Understand and discuss the significance of MNE for investment, employment and the physical environment at the nation state level.
|Strongly recommended for purchase|
International Business compiled by Alan Brown & Stephen Harwood (2013, 3rd edition).
Hill C. (2006), International Business (Competing in the Global Marketplace), 6th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Czinkota, M.R. & Kotabe, M. (1998), Trends in International Business: Critical Perspectives, Blackwell.
Dicken, P. (2007), Global Shift: Mapping the contours of the world economy, 5th edition, Sage.
Kotler, P. (2000), Marketing Management, Prentice Hall.
Vernon-Wortzel, H. & Wortzel, L.H. (1995/1997), Global Strategic Management: The Essentials, 2nd or 3rd edition, Wiley.
Bartlett, C.A. & Ghoshol, S. (1999), Transnational Management: Text, Cases and Reading in Cross-Border Management, 2nd edition, Irwin.
Dunning, J.H. (1988), Explaining International Production, Unwin Hyman.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
On completion of the course students should
a) demonstrate that they can work in tutorial groups to address issues relating to both international trade and the multinational enterprise;
b) demonstrate that they can understand international trade issues and apply this to economies;
c) demonstrate that they understand the implications of close economic integration in the global and European economy;
d) demonstrate that they understand patterns of FDI and the desire for companies to pursue FDI as means to internationalisation;
On completion of the assessed course work students should
a) demonstrate their ability to write a concise and informative report on a companies activities;
b) demonstrate their ability to source and collect material relevant to the topic.
Subject Specific Skills
On completion of the course work students should
a) demonstrate their ability to understand problems confronting companies operating in a multicultural environment;
b) critically assess the international business environment
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 Lectures plus tutorials (1 hour per week for 8 weeks)
|Keywords||Trade Theory UTO FDI Spillovers
|Course organiser||Mr Alan Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3804
|Course secretary||Mrs Judi Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3900