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Global Contemporary Business Issues

Module code: CORP 3544

Module description:

This module is designed to critically evaluate how current world issues in both economics and politics affect business management and performance. There is a strong initial emphasis upon analysing the causes of major world events and examining the various scenarios that these events confront business managers with. The module examines general global management issues such as:

  • The Advantages & Disadvantages of Globalisation as well as Multi-National Companies
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • The Role of the State in Managing the Economy
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Economic Regulation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Reputation Management
  • Greening Business.

After successfully completing this module students will be able to critically evaluate differing views/perspectives on current business issues to derive balanced and informed opinions as well as carry out quality primary and secondary research as an independent learner. In addition to that, students will be able to critique contemporary professional norms and practice in their field and demonstrate an awareness of the social and environmental responsibilities of business. The module assessment is designed to encourage students to think deeply, critically, and from a number of different perspectives. The individual written assignment enables the student to examine a topical business-related issue in depth. The individual presentation is used to help students practice for such presentations in interviews and in the work place. The use of a partially seen exam also facilitates the learning process.

Contact hours per student per year

There is one two hour lecture per week with ten tutorials, one every two weeks.

Lectures: 20 hours

Workshops: 20 hours


  • PowerPoint Project and Presentation: 40%
  • Exam (two hours): 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books