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Business, Government and Public Policy

Please note that the following information may be subject to change.

Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13205

Semester: Spring

Convenor: Jeannie Holstein

Credits & Level: 10 credits, Level 3

Pre-requisites: None.

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part II single and joint honour students from the Business School or from a related discipline such as political science or sociology.

Delivery: 11 ninety minute lectures, 2 two-hour seminars

Assessment: One 1.5-hour examination (50%); One 1,500 word individual coursework (50%)

Exam Format:Please answer TWO questions from five. All questions are equally weighted.

Summary of Content Students will be encouraged to understand the political and institutional frameworks within which business operates. Businesses do not simply react to policies set by government however; they are intimately involved in the processes of policy formation and decision making will be examined. Students will be encouraged to think critically about policy formation and the role of business in this process.

Aims Understand policy formation and decision making. Understand the role of business in public policy. Understand the relationship between state and business. Think critically about the role of business in policy.

Key Words: Business, government, state, public policy, decision making, international business

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • The development, access and operation of markets for resources, goods and services
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • Public policy formation and decision making.
    The role of business in public policy.
    The relationship between state and business.
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
  • The ability to critique the policy process.
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information
  • Awareness of the key socio-political issues that affect business globally.



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