Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Brendan Sweeney


The unit explores how decisions can be made in global commerce that go beyond complying with the law and integrate best practice in business ethics and corporate responsibility. This unit develops knowledge of the legal and regulatory context of global business operations and a range of skills for responsibly meeting international regulatory obligations. The unit applies the Principles of Responsible Business Management Education which aim to develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy. Relevant skills include strategies to reduce short and long term risks and enhance relationships with contractors, suppliers, shareholders, the environment and the communities businesses operate within. Based on problem-based learning, the unit focuses on risk assessment, due diligence, stakeholder engagement, negotiation techniques and alternative dispute resolution processes with particular a focus on observing environment, human rights and international trade laws.


The learning goals associated with this unit are:

  1. to examine and apply a business-focused approach to complying with global business regulation so as to facilitate skill development in:
    • assessing the legal risks faced by the business in relation to international business regulation
    • determining the best legal entity for conducting international business transactions
    • assessing the extent of the business's responsibility for the actions of subsidiaries, suppliers and associated business entities
    • employing international due diligence processes with a focus on stakeholder engagement
    • resolving ethical dilemmas in international business operations.
  2. to develop a sound practical understanding of international Alternative Dispute Resolution processes so as to:
    • overcome problems with limits to national court jurisdictions when conducting international commerce
    • develop skills in negotiation, mediation and constructive problem solving when conflict arises with another business entity.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week