Faculty of Business and Economics

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield Summer semester B 2013 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christopher Nyland


Contemporary international issues are examined, with emphasis on the continuing dominance of economic issues but noting the rise in cultural and religious tensions and the search for new concepts of security. The phenomenon of 'failed societies' and the response of the United States as the sole surviving superpower of international problems in the post-Cold War era provide a theme.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify key issues, institutions and ideas that shape the environment in which diplomacy and international trade are conducted
  2. assess the key dynamics and trends in these issues and ideas
  3. develop critical reasoning and analytical skills for analysis of the international environment
  4. be able to put contemporary events in the social, political and economic context.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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Contact hours

3 hours per week