Organisations, Politics and Society

Course code POLI3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Business organisations exist in an interactive relationship with political and social institutions. Particular attention is paid to the structural dimensions of government-business relations, the various ideas and values that shape and influence these relations and the challenges posed by global competition and regulation. Case studies explore the different aspects of business-government relations. Case topics include risks posed by corruption, terrorism and organised crime; nationalization and State power; geopolitical constraints on business; environmental, energy and water resource issues; "fair trade" and ethical business behaviour; and governance and corporate social responsibility. Students develop global perspectives informed by an integrated knowledge of business, political and social interaction.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a capacity for critical thought and problem solving.
2. Exhibit an ability to construct logical and evidence-based arguments.
3. Identify and analyse the social and political constraints on the operation of business locally, nationally and internationally.
4. Conduct basic research informed by principles of scholarly conduct.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and accountability issues in business.
6. Recognise and address ethical issues in your professional life.
7. Work with others in a productive manner.
ContentLecture topics include but are not limited to
1. Formal and informal institutions in the organisation of society
2. Economic (business), political (parties), legal (courts) organisations
3. The modern state and the state in a transitional economy
4. Relationship between the state and society
5. Relations between states
6. Transnational organisations and global reach
7. Globalisaiton and the wheel of progress?
8. Globalisation and Its Discontents
9. Transitional economies and post-colonial dilemmas
10. Regulation and state control of business
11. Mobilising business interests: business and pressure groups
12. Risk analysis: terrorism, organised crime and corruption
13. Business, the state and resources: Oil, water and the environment
14. Corporate social responsibility and business ethics
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination
ProjectsGroup Project
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for POLI3001