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IN1001: INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT FOR BUSINESS 1 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course investigates the big issues and key questions facing international business in a global economy and seeks explanations using a variety of real world tools, models and concepts. Issues covered include technology and automation, innovation and the networked economy, scarcity and choice, globalisation, inequality, the firm (its owners, managers, employees and customers), markets and public policy, financial instability and environmental issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Harminder Battu

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course investigates the big issues and key questions facing international business in a global economy and seeks explanations using a variety of real world tools, models and concepts. Issues covered include technology and automation, innovation and the networked economy, scarcity and choice, globalisation, inequality, the firm (its owners, managers, employees and customers), markets and public policy, financial instability and environmental issues. This innovative course is designed around the use of materials from the global CORE project – an open-source collaboration of hundreds of global scholars. Each part of the course begins with a question and looks at the real world evidence. Then models are used to help understand what is observed. These are then critically evaluated to assess how well they explain the evidence and provide insight into the issue. This course gives an exciting introduction to contemporary issues, ideas and debated facing international business in a global economy.

This course will enable students to develop the tools needed to provide insight into a range of contemporary and historical issues from around the world. Students will be encouraged to investigate some of the interesting questions facing international business in a global economy. They will first look at the evidence and then build models that can help understand what they see in the real world. Students will then be guided how to critically evaluate how successfully these tools and models have explained the evidence and how well they have yielded answers to the issues faced. They will develop their understanding of economic decision making, relationships and interactions in the global economy, how markets work and fail, the challenges arising from globalisation (trade, migration, and investment), environmental sustainability, and innovation and technology. At the end of the course students will be able to understand key issues facing international business in a global economy and be able to critically assess how policy makers seek to address these issues using an appropriate evidence base.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 12, 16 - 17
  • 1 during University weeks 8, 10, 12 - 13, 15, 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 14

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x 1700-word individual essay (60%)

1x Group work task - 1500-word essay (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstand1. An understanding of key questions facing international business in the global economy, and the appropriate empirical evidence surrounding these issues.
ProceduralApply2. An ability to apply relevant concepts, tools and models to understand these key questions facing international business.
ReflectionEvaluate3. An ability to critically assess how well these concepts, tools and models are able to explain the evidence and shed light on the issues discussed.
ProceduralEvaluate4. An ability to write coherently, and express arguments and ideas concisely to a general audience.

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