Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Andrew West


This unit requires students to examine a broad range of social and cultural issues that impact upon global business. Rather than prescribing "how" these issues are to be managed, it encourages an awareness and appreciation of the arguments surrounding these issues. Through the use of case studies, students are confronted with some specific challenges of doing business in a global context. The unit provides some preparation for BBusCom(Global) students prior to their semester at an overseas campus.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. discuss and explain global and national issues affecting business, including cultural relativism, globalisation and nationalism/patriotism;
  2. discuss and explain issues of global corporate citizenship, including codes of conduct, sustainable development, stakeholder relationships and sustainability reporting;
  3. discuss and explain topical issues affecting global business, such as the impact of international crime, terrorism and environmental concerns;
  4. apply critical thinking to case studies of issues affecting business in the global context.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in the BBusCom(Global)