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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5233M Debates and Controversies in International Business

10 creditsClass Size: 230

Module manager: Hanh Pham

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aim of this module is to develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and discuss business ethics in international business. The module is issue-focussed, with a strong emphasis on current and ongoing debates and a link to business ethics theories and international business theories.


This module introduces students to some major debates in international business and develops critically evaluation and thinking skills. The core learning objective is to develop transferable critical thinking skills that can be employed in any academic and non-academic situation. This is practiced in relation with the second learning objective which is the application of business ethics and international business theories to important current and ongoing issues in international business.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- assess critically any issue from multiple perspectives in relation to a business and the business environment and identify the resources and the business ethics and international business theories required for the assessment.
- integrate business ethics and international business perspectives into a critical thinking process and communicate this orally and in writing.
- Develop critical awareness of how current and ongoing events in the social, economic and political arenas of the world are likely to influence the behaviour, decision-taking and strategy of multinational firms from both industrialised and developing countries.
- Recognise and integrate alternative arguments concerning how contemporary trends are likely to shape international business strategy, at present and in the future.
- Interpret how recent and on-going changes to the international environment are likely to reconfigure the geographic distribution of international business activity.
- Analyse and evaluate threshold concepts in relation to international business drawn from current news stories and real life case studies.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Effectively solve problems and make decisions
- Effectively communicate complex information, oral and written
- Conduct self-reflection and criticality, including openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues
- Interpret and support ethical awareness

Subject specific
- Debate a range of topical issues confronting international business drawn from current news stories and real life case studies


Indicative syllabus:

- Business ethics theories (e.g., rights theory, social contract theory) and ethical decision making.
- International labour issues (market issues, comparative advantage, exploitation, child labour).
- Corruption and doing business globally.
- Economic and industrial espionage.
- Sustainability and climate change within international business.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours73.50
Total Contact hours26.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment4,000 word individual assignment100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The coursework will be jointly assessed with LUBS5232M. Business ethics will be the focus of the LUBS5233M assessment. A marking rubric will be provided. The resit for this module will be 100% by 2,000 word individual assignment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2022 11:43:33


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