The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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.


Lecture 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


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 60 units, chosen from any courses offered by UON.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Continuous Class Assessments

Essay: Short Essay

Report: Team Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.