Organisations, Politics and Society

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organisations, Politics and Society

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, Business, International Business, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Business organisations exist in an interactive relationship with political and social institutions. Particular attention is paid to the structural dimensions of government-business relations, the various ideas and values that shape and influence these relations and the challenges posed by global competition and regulation. Case studies explore the different aspects of business-government relations. Case topics include risks posed by corruption, terrorism and organised crime; nationalization and State power; geopolitical constraints on business; environmental, energy and water resource issues; "fair trade" and ethical business behaviour; and governance and corporate social responsibility. Students develop global perspectives informed by an integrated knowledge of business, political and social interaction.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Demonstrate a capacity for critical thought and problem solving.

    2. Exhibit an ability to construct logical and evidence-based arguments.

    3. Identify and analyse the social and political constraints on the operation of business locally, nationally and internationally.

    4. Conduct basic research informed by principles of scholarly conduct.

    5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and accountability issues in business.

    6. Recognise and address ethical issues in your professional life.

    7. Work with others in a productive manner.


    Lecture topics include but are not limited to

    Formal and informal institutions in the organisation of society
    Economic (business), political (parties), legal (courts) organisations
    The modern state and the state in a transitional economy
    Relationship between the state and society
    Relations between states
    Transnational organisations and global reach
    Globalisaiton and the wheel of progress?
    Globalisation and Its Discontents
    Transitional economies and post-colonial dilemmas
    Regulation and state control of business
    Mobilising business interests: business and pressure groups
    Risk analysis: terrorism, organised crime and corruption
    Business, the state and resources: Oil, water and the environment
    Corporate social responsibility and business ethics

    Assessment Items

    Essay: Short Essay

    Report: Team Assignment

    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Continuous Class Assessments

    Formal Examination: Final Exam

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.