Organisations, Politics and Society
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, Business, International Business, Political Science
Taught In English
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
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.
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
Essay: Short Essay
Report: Team Assignment
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Continuous Class Assessments
Formal Examination: Final Exam
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
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.