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Oleta Beard
I BUS 300
Seattle Campus

Global Business Perspectives

Prepares students to understand the most important aspects of the international political economy. Emphasis on the important relationships among nations and business and economic institutions that influence students' performances as managers, consumers, and citizens. Prerequisite: ECON 200. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course is designed as an introduction to the study of global business. We will examine contemporary issues regarding the political, social, and economic consequences of the globalization of markets and industries. We will also examine the responses of multinational enterprises to the challenges of globalization. Topics include: national business systems, regional and multilateral integration, international trade and investment, the global financial system, culture, ethics and international operations.

Student learning goals

Articulate an overview of current international business patterns, with an emphasis on what makes international business different from domestic business.

Explain and evaluate some of the social systems within countries as they affect the conduct of business from one country to another.

Focus on current global events and analyze the effects these have on 3. Make decisions based upon some major theories explaining international business transactions and the institutions influencing the activities of global companies.

Analyze some of the risks and benefits of international transactions and trade.

Formulate and evaluate alternatives for overall corporate policies and strategies that accommodate global operations.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course relies upon your ability to use your experience, skills, and knowledge to critically analyze international issues. Oftentimes, there is no single “right” answer to the problems/issues we will discuss. You will be given the tools to assist you in analyzing and developing workable solutions.

Class assignments and grading

You will be evaluated on several dimensions. Successful completion of this course will be based upon class contribution, in class assignments, concept checks and group projects. While feedback on student performance will be judged relative to the instructor’s expectations, individual course grades will be assigned according to the student’s performance relative to peers. The 400 point breakdown is as follows:

Class Contribution (30 pts.) Concept Checks (210 pts.) Group Projects (155 pts.)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carla Elena J Andrade
Date: 05/29/2013