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If you study International Business with a Language BA at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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International Business BA (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

Our International Business programme is designed to help you navigate through the complexity of the international business environment and will enable you understand the benefits and challenges of globalisation for local communities.

The University of Liverpool Management School Business, Management and Marketing subject area is ranked 25th from 119 providers, a rise of 10 places from last year. (Times Good University Guide 2023).

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Course overview

Our International Business programme has an internationally focused curriculum aimed at helping you to analyse, understand and act on the global challenges and opportunities faced by both advanced economies of Europe, Asia and North America as well as emerging markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

During your time at Liverpool, you will have the opportunity to visit a continental European city to experience and analyse first-hand another country’s economy in your first year in addition to having the opportunity to study a modern language such as Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish (various levels available) alongside your studies.

Accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), our International Business programme is delivered with excellent teaching and quality content by expert academic staff who regularly publish high quality research used by global practitioners and policymakers.

Course content and modules

Year two

In your second year of study, you will continue to be familiarised with the main management functional areas and extend your knowledge of international business as well as exploring entrepreneurship and innovation.

Upon successful completion of your second year, you will be able to further understand concepts relevant to International Business and International Management and interpret and analyse introductory statistical techniques appropriate to understanding international commerce. You will also be able demonstrate the link between entrepreneurship, innovation and business creation from start-ups right up to large multinational organisations.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.

Compulsory

ADVANCED ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (MKIB216)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will build on the first-year skills module and will teach IB students the advanced academic and professional skills they need to flourish in their final-year modules and then to function effectively in the workforce.  

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (ULMS251)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module is designed to challenge students to think about the nature of modern business behaviour, its role and contribution to society, and the ways in which such behaviour can be understood, especially from moral and ethical perspectives. Over a series of formal lectures, students are introduced to a range of key critical thinkers from ethics, philosophy, economics and management studies. Our explorations are also constantly related to real-life examples. The module is taught via formal lectures and seminars and is assessed by an unseen online open book examination and an individual assignment.         

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MKIB261)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module is concerned with the theoretical and practical implications of international development in the global economy. The module will enable an in-depth analysis of the central issues associated with the economics and policies of international development. The module also provides an insight into problems, challenges and recent trends in international development as well as identifies future directions.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE (NON-SPECIALIST) (ACFI260)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module delivers an outlook of issues of international finance, such as parity conditions, currency exposures/management and international capital markets; especially focusing on the financial management of multinationals. The groundwork is based on fundamentals of finance which provides an introduction to the core principles of finance, valuation and financial decision-making, within the domestic setting and then expands to the international setting.

INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT (MKIB253)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

In a globalised world, companies of all kinds are no longer limited to producing and selling their goods and services in domestic markets. They explore global markets and operate across national borders. What challenges do companies face as they operate in multiple nation-states? How are they different from the domestic companies? How can multinational companies (MNCs) be managed effectively in order to stay competitive in the global market? This module aims to produce the knowledge and skills for students to address these questions. The module is structured into three parts. The first part discusses globalisation and MNCs, providing an overview of the changing landscape of the global economy. The second part focuses on the challenges that faced by MNCs with an analysis on the complex and often conflicting external environmental factors that shape the strategy and management of MNCs. The third part discusses how MNCs manage these challenges, exploring different strategies and practices that managers could consider in managing operation, talents and knowledge across borders.

THEORY OF THE FIRM (ECON254)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module gives an overview of some very basic economic principles as it applies to the firm and its environment. It equips the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and evaluate internal and external factors that influence the strategic decisions made by the firms. This includes the analysis of the nature and behaviour of firms in international markets. It is designed for non-economists such as Business Studies students . Explanations are sometimes based on very basic diagrams and students are expected to have GCSE level maths.

Optional

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Organisations (ULMS226)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module provides an overview of what workforce equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are and their relevance and usefulness in improving the understanding and management of people at work. Today’s workplace is changing due to a number of factors including an ageing population and increases in the number of women and ethnic minorities. As a result, there is a need to effectively understand and manage EDI in organisations in order to create an inclusive workplace that meets organisational outcomes. A number of issues that managers of a diverse workforce face are explored. In particular, issues such as gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation and intersectional identities are discussed. Two key approaches towards EDI are reviewed: the social justice case and the business benefits case. The module also explores a range of EDI related concepts and topics such as social identity, stereotyping and discrimination. It also considers the protected rights of employees covered by UK legislation as well as international legislative drives and policies.
Successful students will develop their understanding of the field of EDI and their own personal position within it. They will also inform their practice as future managers from both research and practitioner perspectives.
The module will be delivered through lectures and seminars It will be assessed by completion of, an individual piece of reflection and an individual report.

EUROPEAN UNION AND BUSINESS (MKIB250)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The aim of this module is to develop awareness of the distinctive nature of the business environment within and around the European Union (EU). Students who complete this module will have an improved understanding of the role of the EU in relation to business. The key political and legal institutions and actors responsible for the formulation of policies that influence business practice in Europe will be examined and core academic debates about the form and function of the EU will be reviewed. The students will also be introduced to economic integration and the operation of the EU single market. In the second half of the module, we will explore specific EU business-related activities. There will be a case study of the UK’s EU membership.         

GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS (ULMS205)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The core roles of government in relation to business are identified and evaluated and significant changes discussed. The module also explores the nature of the relationship between government and business, for example in terms of neo-corporatist structures and the role of business as an actor in the governmental process. These issues are also placed firmly within a wide-ranging international context and examples are drawn from a wide variety of countries. The module is assessed through an assignment and an unseen exam. Successful students will acquire an appreciation of the interactions between government and business, develop a strong critical awareness and be able to apply the general debates to a wide range of specific examples.

IDENTITY, CULTURE AND ORGANISATION (ULMS268)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Identity and culture are two of the most important phenomena in organisations. They help explain why organisations look and feel the way they do. They also help us understand why people in organisations often ignore and/or resist rational models and techniques. Students on this module are encouraged to investigate culture and identity in contemporary films, fictional narratives and social media, as well as in the academic literature.

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (ULMS259)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Innovation and entrepreneurship draw together key themes relating to the development of new products, new processes and new organisations in the business environment. Innovation is strategic when it is consistent with a corporation’s mission, vision and values and is created to enhancing the strategic positioning and/or competitiveness of organisations. This module deals with the principles underpinning innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of a global business environment.
In this module students will gain a deep understanding of the role of strategic innovation activities in various organisational settings as a tool to developing a longer-term entrepreneurial culture. It will focus on comparing methods of best practice for entrepreneurial innovation developments and how these are utilised in practice using case studies and simulated examples.
The module draws on both theory and practice from a range of sub-disciplines and areas of study, including examples of innovation within large public and private sector organisations as well as smaller technology-based organisations both local and international.
Whilst the module provides theoretical insight into innovation and entrepreneurship, students will also be encouraged to identify best practices in the management of innovation and entrepreneurship in organisations.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW (MKIB240)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This course is designed to give students awareness of the legal scope and character of the ways in which business is regulated in a global economy. As markets open up, supply chains become global, and business thereby becomes cross border in character, ethical considerations become significant, and the effective regulation of that business can become a serious challenge, both for regulators and the parties to that business. As a result, international business regulation has become a complex, ever-changing, and constantly evolving institutional environment, both at the national level, and the transnational. It covers a many legal fields, and affects multiple aspects of business organisation and operation. It impacts significantly on consumers and businesses, but also has profound implications for regulators – that is policy-makers, legislators and enforcement agencies, and the challenges of regulating corporate behaviour.

INTRODUCTION TO PEOPLE MANAGEMENT (ULMS206)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of what is expected of a manager and what is meant by managerial ‘effectiveness’. To do this, you need to be able to identify the role of a manager and those factors which influence managers’ effectiveness – and these lie not only within yourself but also in your working environment. They include your job, your organisation, and the people you work with. We will explore what managers do and what is meant by managerial ‘effectiveness’ and is an area that will make a valuable contribution to organizational practice.

MARKET RESEARCH (MKIB256)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module seeks to highlight the role of, and need for, market research in supporting marketing decision-making. It involves a range of teaching strategies built around online learning activities (e.g., videos) and case studies. Additional material will be in the form of web-based reading and research, selected texts, journal articles and contemporary magazine and press articles. It is assessed through two pieces of coursework. The coursework involves a market research proposal and the completion of a group project which is designed to put market research techniques into practice.

International Technology and Innovation Management (MKIB205)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module aims to provide undergraduate international business students a broad overview of the core concepts in technology and innovation management, the dominant theories in it, innovation and technology management tools and frameworks that are employed by organisa-tions, international standards on innovation, ethical technology management practices and fi-nally practical evidences of the same. With the aid of lectures and experiential learning orient-ed seminars, the module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the current international innovation and technology management practices and a critical perspective in evaluating the innovation and technology management frameworks. The module prepares international business students for a career in international business with organisational roles related to new product development and the strategic management of technology, knowledge, and innovation.

Your experience

Day-to-day teaching will take place in the University of Liverpool Management School; a world leading centre for management and leadership education and research and is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ accreditation. At the Management School, students have access to careers education, opportunities to work as well as excellent library and IT facilities, just one minute’s walk away.

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What students say...

What I love most is my teachers and the class atmosphere. For the classroom atmosphere, the teachers encourage us to share opinions freely. Students from all over the world have given me the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with people from different culture backgrounds.

Xu Chenchen