TRADE 7007 - MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2019

This course explores the growth and role of global firms and their significant interaction with the international trade architecture. It discusses how trade and investment opportunities are vital to the ongoing growth and sustainability of firms and why trade agreements and investment guarantee schemes can have a substantial impact on the investments and trade strategies used by Multinational Corporations (MNCs). The course reviews and develops understanding of key concepts of corporate social responsibility, triple-bottom line accounting, sustainability reporting and risk management in terms of their current relevance to the trade and investment decisions of global firms. Students are offered a unique insight into how contemporary multinational businesses are dealing with both internal (such as transparency and management issues) as well as external risk factors (such as poverty and environmental challenges), with the aim of enabling students to undertake a balanced and critical analysis of the future role of MNCs in contributing to sustainable development outcomes. The course is delivered through a blended learning approach with teaching materials and online modules provided through the MyUni course page. Students are expected to complete all online modules prior to the face-to-face sessions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TRADE 7007
    Course MNCs, Trade & Sustainable Development
    Coordinating Unit Institute for International Trade
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge TRADE 5000, TRADE 7003, TRADE 7004, TRADE 7005
    Course Description This course explores the growth and role of global firms and their significant interaction with the international trade architecture. It discusses how trade and investment opportunities are vital to the ongoing growth and sustainability of firms and why trade agreements and investment guarantee schemes can have a substantial impact on the investments and trade strategies used by Multinational Corporations (MNCs). The course reviews and develops understanding of key concepts of corporate social responsibility, triple-bottom line accounting, sustainability reporting and risk management in terms of their current relevance to the trade and investment decisions of global firms. Students are offered a unique insight into how contemporary multinational businesses are dealing with both internal (such as transparency and management issues) as well as external risk factors (such as poverty and environmental challenges), with the aim of enabling students to undertake a balanced and critical analysis of the future role of MNCs in contributing to sustainable development outcomes. The course is delivered through a blended learning approach with teaching materials and online modules provided through the MyUni course page. Students are expected to complete all online modules prior to the face-to-face sessions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Mike Humphrey

    Name: Mr Mike Humphrey
    Role: Course Coordinator and Associate Expert, IIT
    Email: Mike.Humphrey@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
    1 Understand theoretical basis and discuss the evidence for the role firms play in driving trade and the impact this has on productivity growth in the economy

    2 Discuss the nature of the choices firms make about the form of their international marketing (trade, investment, licensing)
    3 Explain the structure and role of MNEs in trade
    4 Understand, review analyse the economic and social environment in which MNEs operate
    5 Understand and explain the relationship between firms and the global trade architecture 
    6 Analyse and evaluate policy issues affecting trading firms such as regulatory impediments ('trade facilitation'), corruption and bribery, competition policy and cartel behaviour
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3,4,5,6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5,6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4,6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Required readings will be provided online via MyUni. 

    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    TBC
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The Institute expects students undertaking this elective to attend each of the three modules. This course comprise of approximately 36 contact hours (structured learning). In addition to time spent in class, students in TRADE 7007 are expected to devote an additional 120 non-contact hours to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    TBC
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    TBC
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed information will be provided in the class and made available in MyUni.
    Submission
    Assignments must be submitted as follows:

    1. Softcopy through Turnitin on MyUni


    All assignments must be presented professionally with clear headings, appropriate referencing and using one and a half spacing.

    Extensions will only be granted if requests are received in writing to the course coordinator at least 24 hours before the final due date unless they are requested on medical or compassionate grounds and are supported by appropriate documents. Late assignments will be penalised.

    Your assignment must include the IIT assignment cover sheet which can be downloaded from MyUni under “Assignments”. Each page must be numbered with your student ID and name.

    Please contact the course coordinator, preferably by email, for assistance or guidance in relation to course work, assignments or any concerns that may arise. Assignments will normally be returned two weeks after they have been submitted.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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