BUSI360: Contemporary Issues in International Business

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

An analysis of current global developments and rapid change in areas that have the potential for an impact on the international business environment. Attention is given to the use of techniques for identifying and researching significant issues, extrapolating probable outcomes, and developing strategic responses. Corporate and entrepreneurial perspectives are considered.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to apply critical thinking to the analysis and understanding of today’s significant contemporary global issues. This will enable the student to effectively manage corporate decision-making and risk, while developing the skills necessary to produce outcomes that will positively impact business and trade in the international arena.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations.

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread of at least 300 words and 4 scholarly citations in response to the prompt. The student will also submit a substantive reply to two other students’ discussion threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words an incorporate at least 2 scholarly citations.

Research Assignments (4)

The student will research a specific topic in international business based on the critical analysis of contemporary issues of the global business environment studied within the course, and prepare a fully integrated research project in four parts: topic approval, outline, presentation, and the formal paper. 

1. Research Topic Selection Assignment 

The student may choose his or her topic from any of the weekly topics for the course or chapter topics of the textbook. The chosen topic must relate to a contemporary issue in international business. The student will need to present a minimum of three assumptions that focus on his or her research on the chosen topic.  

2. Research Outline Assignment 

Approval of the research topic is required before starting the Research Outline Assignment. The outline must be a minimum of two pages and follow current APA outline formatting using complete sentences and following the guidelines in the Research Outline Assignment Instructions and Research Outline Grading Rubric. A minimum of 5 different sources must be used.

3.  Research PowerPoint Presentation Assignment 

The presentation topic is the approved research paper topic. The student will complete a PowerPoint presentation that could be used in a business meeting. The presentation must contain a minimum of 15 content-related slides, and a minimum of 7 sources must be referenced. 

4. Research Paper Assignment 

The student will prepare and write a research paper on his or her approved topic that is a minimum of 10 pages (not including title page, abstract page, reference page, appendices, and tables). The student will be expected to cite in-text frequently. A minimum of 7 scholarly sources are required. Current APA formatting must be used.

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