see the course structure chart.
This examines a range of international organisations and their different
purposes. Your studies will focus on multi-national companies, small
and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations
(NGOs), the European Union and other similar organisations such as the
UN. These institutions influence and relate to the operations of global
businesses. You will look at the political, economic and social
environments in which international organisations function and the
challenges they face. Leading business executives and subject experts
are invited in to speak to you.
This module will prepare you to undertake effective research drawing
upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for
your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required
for research including methodological issues, data collection
techniques and study skills. This module prepares you for completing
high quality, systematic business and management research.
Global Political Economy:
This module examines the emerging global political economy through the
vantage point of competing theoretical perspectives and the evolution
of these perspectives, resulting from theoretical debates and the
progressive encounter with empirical developments. Different theories
reveal different aspects and dimensions of the global political economy
and they will thus be used to present key historical developments and
contemporary issues of the global political economic order.
Production, Finance and Global Governance:
This module looks at the changing nature of the global political economy
from the origins of capitalism to the present day. It explores the
hallmarks of key epochs in this period as well as specific issues
related to these, including the nature of state power, changing labour
relations, the role of finance and the evolution of the global trading
system. It also explores contemporary issues such as the financial
crisis and the future of global governance.
In this module you will be introduced to key ideas in business strategy
and will develop an understanding and ability to evaluate key strategic
decisions. You will consider the wider economic environment and explore
why strategy is important. This will help you to understand how
organisations make strategic decisions through the processes of
analysis, choice, responsible and ethical management and leadership.
You will examine how these decisions impact on the wider environment of
the organisation and how strategy is implemented.
Corporate Social Responsibility:
You will develop your understanding of approaches to solving problems
when governing in the corporate sector. Your studies will consider
current issues and consider the social implications of governance. You
will also focus on the impact of globalisation on international
management practices. You will be equipped with the knowledge to
enhance management decisions involving ethical choices. Finally, you
will consider your assumptions about the role of managers and
organisations in a complex and challenging context through the
exploration of contemporary issues in CSR. You can choose between
taking a Consultancy Project module or the International Management in
Practice: Study Trip module
Leading and Managing: International Perspective:
This will develop your international management and leadership skills,
introducing you to key management issues which are illustrated by case
studies. It will improve your cross-cultural awareness and enhance your
effectiveness when working with an international organisation.
You can choose between taking a Consultancy Project module or the
International Management in Practice: Study Trip module
- Consultancy Project:
You will gain practical international
project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real
problem for a client organisation. You will develop problem solving
and communication skills as well as the ability to work in
cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually, face-to-face
and with help from tutors.
- International Management in Practice: Study Trip:
of this 10 credit optional Study Trip Module is to give you a
hands-on, intensive experience with ideas and practices in
international management and international relations through
visiting multinational enterprises and international organisations
during the international study trip. You meet with leaders of
global firms and international organisations, receive presentations
from global academic experts, and tour facilities. The programme
includes presentations from local and international executives,
managers and academics.
This module is included in your programme fees, but you are
responsible for paying for all travel and accommodation related
costs (including the visa fee) and some meals. You will be provided
with additional details and costs regarding the trip by December,
in order to inform decision making. Please do not add this module
to your programme until you have received all relevant information
about the trip.
Critical Approaches to Terrorism:
This module will examine how we think about and study terrorism. It will
critically consider debates about how terrorism has assumed the
significance it seems to possess, how we define and understand
terrorism, as well as thinking about the nature of the threat that
terrorism poses. The causes of terrorism and the gender politics of
terrorism will also be assessed. The module will debate questions
around whether states can be terrorists and reflect on the main ways in
which states and others seek to counter terrorism. In each of these
topics, the aim will be to take a critical approach, to try to think
beyond mainstream and conventional answers to some of the issues listed
Dilemmas of International Ethics:
This module surveys the main traditions and theories of international
ethics and asks what guidance they may or may not provide in thinking
through important ethical dilemmas in contemporary world politics.
Ethical controversies in world politics examined in the module include:
humanitarian intervention; global economic inequality; global
environmental justice; nuclear proliferation and disarmament. With each
controversy studied, students will be asked to think about what global
responsibilities state and non-state actors have, if any, in connection
with the issue. It is the aim of the module to explore the impact of
ideas, norms and values in a diverse world and how normative thinking
in relation to world politics impacts our day-to-day lives.
Global Governance, Civil Society and Social Movements:
The module is grounded in debates that have emerged within International
Relations since the end of the Cold War. The rise of transnational
policy issues has illustrated the limitations of a state-centric
approach towards IR. Concentrating on understanding 'globalisation from
below', this module investigates what kind of a role civil society can
play in global politics. Furthermore, as many social, political and
economic changes have brought into question the nature of citizenship
in contemporary world politics, the possibility of the emergence of
post-national forms of citizenship is raised. The module introduces key
conceptual and theoretical debates surrounding global civil society and
global citizenship and through focusing on a number of more concrete
illustrations and case studies, asks to what extent can global politics
be transformed and democratised by global civil society actors.
Global Politics and the Environment:
This module offers a critical, interdisciplinary investigation into the
way in which the tensions brought about by the ecological crisis have
been addressed globally, looking at institutional, conceptual,
ideological, socio-cultural and political economic facets. It analyses
our understanding of global environmental issues in relation to
international political thought. It examines the role and efficacy of
international regimes as management solutions to global environmental
problems. It situates the global environmental crisis within wider
structures of modernity bringing in political theoretical and global
sociological perspectives. It further analyses the political economy of
the environment, and examines the dynamics of global environmental
governance and resistance.
Since the end of the Cold War one of the key dynamics in world politics,
namely the gap between rich and poor, has come into sharper focus. This
module examines both the theory and practice of the international
politics of development. The first half of the module looks at key
theoretical debates and how these have related to practice. Various
contemporary issues in development are then explored to illustrate the
theoretical debates. These will include the Third World Debt Crisis,
fair trade, development assistance, sustainable development and the
resource curse thesis.
International Energy Politics:
This module examines the complex and inter-linked relationship between
energy, security and international politics. Students enter the subject
through a critical reading of the concept of energy security and are
encouraged to disaggregate the concept and apply it at different levels
of analysis (security of demand, security of supply, physical security,
individual security etc.) Students will have the opportunity to
critically evaluate the concept across several themes and relationships
within the energy-politics nexus including: the relationships between
energy and authoritarianism, conflict, foreign policy and global
governance. Focusing mostly on the international politics of oil and
gas, the module will address these themes through an engagement with a
range of theoretical perspectives and literature related to
international relations, foreign policy analysis, political economy and
security studies and will do so through a close reading of several
case-studies including: Russia, Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus,
the United States, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Postcolonial Perspectives: Security, Violence and Resistance:
This module sheds light on questions of security, violence and
resistance from a postcolonial perspective. It explores how phenomena
such as terrorism, migration, violent conflict and racism, as well as
political responses to these phenomena, can only be understood in
relation to past colonial contexts, including the inscription of racial
identities and material exploitation that these contexts entailed. The
module discusses how contemporary notions such as 'Islamic extremism',
the 'oppressed Muslim woman' or the 'developing/Third world' are used
to elevate Western societies to a status of cultural and political
superiority. This gives legitimacy to strategies such as the waging of
war to defend 'our' way of life, and the pacification and 'development'
of other societies; however, it also gives rise to violent as well as
non-violent resistances. The module aims to provide space for an
in-depth reading of some central texts of postcolonial theory, but even
more so for exploring their relation to a variety of practical
political and cultural sites around questions of security, violence and
Violence and Post-War Reconstruction:
This module investigates the occurrence of violence during peace
processes. It asks why violence continues despite the ceasefire, how it
affects peace processes, and what are the implications for its
management? The first part of the module achieves a conceptualisation
of violence, peace and peace processes, while the second part of the
module examines the sources and manifestations of violence after war.
Uniquely, this module gives students the opportunity to examine the
relationships between different 'types' of violence and the existence
of a 'culture of violence'. Examples will be taken from contemporary
peace processes. In the end, students should be able to critically
analyse the causes and manifestations of violence in the context of a
peace process and be able to make recommendations for its management.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Accreditation:
This course is accredited by CMI – CMI accreditation means that
this professional chartered body in management recognises the strengths
of the programme and the quality it adds to educate successful and
capable graduates in Business and Management. As an added value, if you
decide to become a member of the CMI, you have the option to graduate
with your degree and gain a professional CMI qualification (Level 7 in
Strategic Management and Leadership) and there's no extra study
involved. This membership also provides you with benefits. For example,
student members can access online content, networking events, company
visits, online seminars and mentoring.
A CMI Induction event will be held so you can find out about the CMI
qualification and membership and choose whether you would like to
qualify and join. If you do choose to become a member of the CMI and
gain the Level 7 CMI qualification you will need to pay a
non-refundable fee, which was £289 in 2018 and includes one-year
membership of the CMI.
As we review our courses regularly as part of our quality assurance
framework, the modules you choose from may vary from the list shown
Teaching and learning
Much of the
teaching on the course takes the form of interactive workshops, but there are
also lectures from staff and visiting speakers. Lectures, discussions,
role-play exercises and seminars are linked with selected case studies and
assessments to strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills.
You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in working as part of a
team through structured group assignments.
staff at the Business School are researchers and/or come from an industry
background with an in-depth practical experience of business and management
issues. Visiting speakers from business, industry, consultancies and research
bodies provide further input. Research
is fundamental to the International Relations Department and you will be taught
by a team of research-active scholars who are all specialists and publish in
their areas of expertise.
Approach to assessment
is assessed using a range of different methods including examinations,
assignments, individual or group reports and group presentations. This range of
assessments will help you to develop the analytical and presentational that
employers within different organisations look for.
Oxford Brookes Business School has now moved to its new home at our Headington Campus. The university’s Headington Campus have undergone a £30m refurbishment to provide a new home for the Business School, which consists of a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. There is a new modern hall for teaching and special events like graduation.
This new home will help us to collaborate even more closely with university colleagues in other departments. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.
The Headington Campus is also home to the new John Henry Brookes Building, being the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. The John Henry Brookes Building brings together the library and essential support services that offer academic, careers and international student advice. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.
The majority of our student halls are close to the Headington Campus.
By listening to our students and recognising the need for practice-oriented business and management education, we have introduced new ways to engage with companies from the public and the non-profit sector. You will have the opportunity to visit various company sites organised through our extensive network of corporate contacts and the Chartered Management Institute. We also host a number of guest speakers throughout the year who bring their business and management experience and expertise to the classroom.
We offer an optional International Business in Practice Study Trip module. The purpose of this study trip is to give postgraduate students a hands-on, intensive experience with the ideas and practices of global business. The programme will include presentations from local management executives and experts. Students will have direct interaction with management executives and practices through site visits to major corporations and agencies.
Whilst the destination and therefore precise costs vary from year to year, as an example, the programme fee of the study trip to Boston USA in July 2018 was £1380, which included 7 nights’ accommodation in the Boston area, insurance, the company visits, group transportation for all activities and some of the meals, but excluded for example International airfare, Visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.
If you choose the study trip, you will be provided with additional details regarding the trip (which runs in July) by March, in order to inform decision making, ahead of the trip in July.
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