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Business and Politics (POL140)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This unit introduces students to the key concepts, theories, and issues in the comparative study of national and transnational business systems. The courses analyses how variations in the rules, ideas, and power of the organization of capitalist economies have shaped business behaviour and policy. It examines how and why the globalization of economic activity is reshaping these comparative differences, and we explore its implications for business strategy, public policy and governance.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:

ULLO 1: Demonstrate a knowledge of variety of approaches to the understanding of comparative differences in national and transnational capitalisms and their implications for business
ULLO 2: Construct evidence-based arguments to explain the dynamics of business and politics relationships under various forms of capitalism
ULLO 3: Create clear and persuasive written work that demonstrates research and conceptual skills
ULLO 4: Demonstrate capacity to verbally present and defend concepts and arguments
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 hour workshops per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit combines self-directed and more structured learning through interactive workshops. Students will have blended learning approach, with recorded content followed by a 1.5 hour workshop. Students are provided with a range of opportunities to engage with the dynamics of business and politics interaction through discussion and analysis of various case studies.
Assessment The units consist of three assessment tasks: an in-class case (internal) or online (external) case study presentation (25%); a research essay (40%); and an exam (35%). The presentation/online contribution and essay will allow students to critically engage with case studies of the relationship between business and national capitalisms. The exam and essay will enable students to demonstrate familiarity and knowledge with concepts for the study of comparative capitalism, and their use in understanding national business systems. The assessment tasks will also allow students to research, develop and deliver written (essay, exam) and verbal (presentation) analyses of contemporary international economic issues.
Prerequisites nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Global Business and Politics (BCom) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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