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Principles of International Business

Course Code: BUSN 3401
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 provides an introduction to international business and its environment. Focus will be on international business issues such as comparative environmental frameworks, trade and investment, foreign exchange market, business-government relationships and managing global business functions.

Course Content

  1. Comparative Environmental Frameworks.
  2. Trade and Investment theories.
  3. Global Financial Environment: Foreign Exchange Markets.
  4. International Business-Government relationships.
  5. Tactical Operations Alternatives: Country evaluation, collaborative and control strategies.
  6. International business operations: marketing, export strategies, human resource management.

Methods of Instruction

Combinations of lectures, supplementary materials & presentations and class presentations.

Means of Assessment

Midterm exams: (2+)   30%-40%
Term Case Presentation   20%-25%
Assignment(s) and Quiz(zes)   5%-15%
Participation 0%-5%
Final Exam   30%
Total  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe the cultural, political and legal environments facing business internationally;
  2. analyze trade theories as they pertain to government influence, economic integration, cooperative agreements and foreign direct investment;
  3. describe foreign-exchange market and exchange rates;
  4. evaluate international business negotiations and diplomacy;
  5. analyze tactical alternatives in international operations;
  6. evaluate the management of international business functions.

course prerequisites

Completion of 45 credits and BUSN 1210 (C or higher) OR Instructor permission

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.

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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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