This unit will expose students to the cultural, political and regulatory environments in particular economic regions, with an emphasis on the country(ies) specified on the VU Collaborate web page. The basis of the unit, is a study tour to the country(ies) specified on the VU Collaborate web page. Students will learn from lectures/visit to regulatory institutions, private enterprises and academic organisations, which will allow the observation of international business in action in the field. The tour will be preceded by briefing sessions. Students may complete a journal during the trip and attach this to their final report.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the main cultural differences between the target country(ies) to be visited as specified on the VU Collaborate web page using the Cultural Mirror framework;  
  2. Critique the business and regulatory regimes and observe work practices that occur in the country(ies) specified on the VU Collaborate web page within the context of the field research project activities; and  
  3. Through a self-reflection report critically analyse the experience and impact of the study tour on the individual student (self); and as appropriate links between classroom theories and study tour activities and future career aspirations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Pre-tour activities. 10%
Presentation On-tour activities (participation, contribution, and behaviour) and oral presentation with audio visual support. 35%
Report Written report (5000 words maximum) 55%

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