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Postgraduate Course: Current Debates in International Business and Emerging Markets (CMSE11136)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThis course takes the form of a series of weekly sessions and serves two fundamental purposes. The first is to give students the opportunity to discuss and debate some key issues in understanding international business and emerging markets (including analyses of highly relevant case studies). The second is to give them an opportunity to develop their debating skills and, by exposing them to a variety of viewpoints, help them develop a higher level of appreciation for the complexity of the issues than could be gained from merely reading textbooks and articles.

The course will complement the other two first semester core courses: Global Strategies and Emerging Markets and Developing Knowledge-based International Businesses in Emerging Economies, and prepare students for second semester courses such as 'Doing International Business Projects with Emerging Markets'.
Course description This course gives students the opportunity to discuss and debate some current issues in international business and emerging markets (including internationalization of firms, emerging market multinationals, platform economy, future of work, exit strategies, emerging market finance and financial markets, corporate social responsibility, corruption etc.) and, by exposing them to a variety of viewpoints, help them develop a higher level of appreciation for the complexity of the issues than could be gained from merely reading textbooks and attending lectures. To achieve this purpose, the sessions serve as the bases for developing debating skills throughout the first half of the course. The second purpose is to give the student an opportunity to employ their debating skills on group and individual assignments on which they will be assessed in the second half.

The assessment includes a group project (group video presentation) and an individual case study analysis in which the students would apply the debating skills on current issues in international business and emerging markets they have learned throughout the course and the semester. In each session, an expert in that field will be invited in order to facilitate the most vibrant, yet fun, environment for students to grasp up-to-date knowledge and enjoy the relevant debates.

- Introduction to International Business and Emerging Markets
- Theoretical perspectives in International Business
- Competitive Advantages of Emerging Market Multinationals
- Future of Work and New Forms of Work in Emerging Markets
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): An Overview
- Corruption around the World
- Deglobalisation and the role of exit strategies
- Legislation and Democratisation of EM Labour Markets
- Corporate Social Responsibilities Implementation in Emerging Markets
- Corruption Agenda for Emerging Market Companies
- Comprehensive Case Studies

Student Learning Experience:
The course relies upon a high level of student preparation prior to the class and participation during the class time, in order to allow everyone to benefit from the sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 40hrs in advance of lectures, 55hrs on group projects, 30 hrs on essay
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Case Report (50%) (assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3)
Group presentation 50% (assesses Learning Outcomes 1,3,4)

The group work is subjected to 25% moderation by peer review.
Feedback Students will gain feedback on their understanding of the material when they discuss their answers to the questions in the sessions. Students are also encouraged to ask questions in the sessions to assess their knowledge.
Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner.

Feedback will consist of:
-Feedback on groups video presentation and individual performances during debates.
-Feedback on individual case report

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically evaluate the complexity of international business and emerging market issues beyond that which can be found in textbooks
  2. Analyse business cases in an international business context
  3. Understand and critically evaluate of how the development of emerging markets has affected the evolution of thought on international business and trade
  4. Describe and discuss critically the main streams of research in the areas of international business and emerging markets
Reading List
Please refer to the study programme in the Lecture Outlines and Readings on LEARN.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of the course work students should be able to:

Prepare and carry out a debate on a controversial issue
Communicate analyses and conclusions clearly and persuasively in a debate format
Present the most up to date knowledge on their field of interest
Demonstrated the ability to develop a persuasive argument Demonstrated the ability to learning from each other in group situations in the preparation of debates and case studies and presentations
Course organiserDr Mehdi Safavi
Tel: (0131 6)50 3799
Course secretaryMiss Fionna Ogilvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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