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International Business

Course Code: BUSN 3400
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is a survey of the international business environment. The focus is on the nature of the international business environment -- financial, cultural, social, political and legal -- and the manner in which this environment has changed and continues to change. The focus of this course will be from the perspective of a small- to medium-sized business operations, and will be case-based.

Course Content

  1. An overview of international business.
    • What is international business?
    • Business activities
    • The extent of internationalization
    • The evolution of international business
  2. Global marketplaces and business centres.
    • The structure of the world economy
    • The marketplaces of Europe, North America, Asia, and South America
    • Building global business strategies
  3. Formulation of national trade policies.
    • Rationale for trade intervention
    • Promotion of international trade
    • Controlling of unfair trade practices
  4. International co-operation and conflict.
    • The general agreement on tariffs and trade
    • The European union
    • Host country laws
    • The political environment
  5. International strategic management.
    • Components of international strategy
    • Scope of operations
    • Distinctive competence
  6. Environmental scanning and the SWOT(Strength/Weaknesses - Opportunities/Threats) analysis.
    • Control framework
    • Tactics

Methods of Instruction

A combination of lectures, videos, Internet access, and supplementary materials will follow the order of the chapters in the text.  The textbook contains 11 cases, each of which will be assigned to and presented in class by students.  The focus of the course will be on the cases.  Each case will be fully analyzed, and examined in view of the various theories and their implication.

Means of Assessment

Midterm   30%
Class participation   10%
Case presentations and write up         
   (Minimum - 5 cases)
Final exam   30%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. utilize international business theories, and their implications in business activities via a full analysis of business cases;
  2. analyze the extent of internationalization;
  3. describe the evolution of international business;
  4. describe reasons for international business growth;
  5. analyze the operations and the players in the global marketplace and various international business centres with focus on small to medium size companies;
  6. evaluate the impacts of trade policies on international trade and investment theory;
  7. analyze the international trade and patterns;
  8. examine the international monetary system and the balance of payments.

course prerequisites

ECON 3300 and FINC 3305 and FINC 2340

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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