Faculty of Business and Economics

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics


Dr Nell Kimberley



  • Summer semester B 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


  • Winter semester 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit requires students to examine a broad range of social-cultural, political-legal and macro business environmental issues that can impact enterprises operating in a global environment. Through the use of readings, case studies and an analysis of current events, students are confronted with specific challenges of conducting business in a global context. These challenges may include but are not limited to: environmental sustainability; crime and corruption; cross-cultural relationship; technological innovation; political and economic risk. The unit encourages an awareness and appreciation of the complexity surrounding these issues in the development of strategic business responses.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define globalisation and the globalisation process, including its causes and effects
  2. argue both the contributions and criticisms associated with globalisation
  3. identify and explore major contextual issues encountered in global business, including social-cultural, political-legal contexts, along with business environmental contexts
  4. analyse the impact of major contextual issues on a variety of product and service industries
  5. develop strategic responses to specific issues affecting businesses operating in a global context
  6. demonstrate competence in critical and reflective thinking
  7. acquire and demonstrate team skills including team leadership, collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making, communication and presentation skills.


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.