Environment of International Business – BUSI 605

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/02/2020

Course Description

The course provides in-depth perspectives concerning the nature of international business and the environment in which it is conducted, including international trade, foreign direct investment, the relationship between international organizations and international business, the international monetary system, and international environmental forces (socio-cultural, natural resources, economic, political, legal, financial, labor).

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


Global interdependence among nations of the world is a reality. Trade barriers between nations have fallen, and trades blocks are rapidly forming as world leaders realize that there is more to be gained by collaborating with each other than by remaining economically isolated. Multinational corporations are playing a major role in this accelerating regional and global economic integration. A major emphasis of this course will be to research and discuss the nature of international business, cooperation among nations, and international environmental forces.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze labor force issues in the global environment.
  2. Assess economic and socioeconomic forces impacting global business.
  3. Compare and contrast natural resources with environmental sustainability.
  4. Determine the impact of political forces on global business.
  5. Evaluate the impact of financial forces on global business.
  6. Examine the impact of legal forces on global business.
  7. Participate in graduate-level individual and/or collaborative research projects.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (8)

The instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to any 8 questions for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Replies are not required in weeks 1 and 7. Each reply must be 250 words in length. The student must complete both the thread and the replies, in order to receive credit for weeks 2-6 and 8.

Case Studies (8)

The student will analyze 8 case studies throughout the course. Each student will submit a short essay in current APA format of at least 500 words for each assigned case.

Final Project

The student will write a 16-page research-based paper in current APA format, analyzing the global environments of performing business in another nation. Title headings are provided for the student and must be followed. The paper must include at least 16 scholarly references in addition to the textbook.