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
OfferedPrato Winter semester 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nell Kimberley


This unit requires students to examine a broad range of social, cultural, legal and political issues that can impact on the strategy and operations of businesses operating in a global business environment. Through the use of readings, case studies, and an analysis of current events students are confronted with some specific challenges of doing business in a global context. These may include but are not limited to: corruption; crime; terrorism; environmental concerns; codes of conduct; sustainability; appropriate development, stakeholder relationships; cultural relativism, globalisation; and nationalism; patriotism; and corporate citizenship. Rather than prescribing "how" these issues should to be managed, the unit encourages an awareness and appreciation of the arguments surrounding these issues.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. Identify, analyse and evaluate topical and historical issues affecting businesses operating in a global context
  2. Apply conceptual frameworks to the analysis of global issues
  3. Develop and present strategic responses to specific issues affecting businesses operating in a global context
  4. Acquire team skills including team leadership, collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making, communication and presentation skills
  5. Develop reflective practice skills in relation to individual learning.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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Students must have completed at least 48 Monash credit points (60 ECTS) of study prior to enrolling in this unit.