International Business Major (Undergraduate)
The International Business major is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to the development, strategy and management of international business organisations and the institutional context for their development, growth and operation.
This is a compulsory major option for the Bachelor of Commerce (including combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees) and a Major I option for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
Requirements for the major
Note. The following information is for students who commenced study in their degree from 2011. Students who commenced prior to 2011 should refer to the information below listed under "Pre-2011 continuing students".
For the award of a major in International Business, students complete:
(i) one junior prerequisite unit of study (six credit points), that must be: (a) be offered by the Business School; or (b) be part of the Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of International and Global Studies, Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences, or Bachelor of International Studies (for students enrolled in these degrees only).*
*Students who do not meet the requirements in (a) or (b) may complete two alternative junior units of study approved by the Chair of the Discipline of International Business.
(ii) four compulsory senior units of study (24 credit points), as follows:
- IBUS2101 International Business Strategy
- IBUS2102 Cross-Cultural Management
- IBUS3101 International Business Alliances
- IBUS3102 International Risk Management
(iii) a minimum of two senior elective units of study (12 credit points) selected from the following options:
- ACCT3031 International Corporate Governance
- BUSS2100 Business Placement A (Internship) #
- CISS2001 Business in the Global Environment *
- CLAW2211 Commercial Practice in China
- ECOP3012 Global Political Economy ^
- ECOP3014 Political Economy of Development ^
- ECOS3006 International Trade ^
- ECOS3007 International Macroeconomics ^
- FINC3011 International Financial Management
- GOVT2210 International Risk Analysis * ^
- GOVT2221 Politics of International Economic Relations ^
- GOVT2225 International Security in the 21st Century ^
- IBUS3103 Global Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
- IBUS3104 Ethical Issues in International Business
- IBUS3107 Business Negotiations
- MKTG3116 International Marketing
- USSC2601 US and the World ^
- WORK2217 International Human Resource Management
- WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations
- Senior language units of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (up to two senior units) ^
* Not offered for 2013. CISS2001 will no longer be offered from 2012.
# Students must seek approval from the Discipline of International Business to include this unit as an elective for their major. Only students enrolled in Business School degrees can complete this unit.
^ Units of study from Economics (ECON/ECOS), Political Economy (ECOP), Government and International Relations (GOVT), US Studies Centre (USSC) or senior language units from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences these units are considered "other faculty" (non-Business School) units. The number of units students can complete from another faculty (outside of the Business School) are restricted for students enrolled in Business School degree (refer to the handbook of the year you commenced for details of the number of units you can complete from these subject areas). For example, 2013 commencing students in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws students can only complete units of study from the Business School and the Law School to meet the requirements of their degree.
- Students are not required to seek permission from the Discipline of International Business to enrol in non-Business School units such as language units.
- Senior units of study can only be counted towards the requirements for one major. Senior units cannot be "double counted" towards two majors. For example, a senior Korean Studies language unit cannot count towards both a major in International Business and a major in Korean Studies.
- Almost all senior elective units of study require the completion of additional prerequisites outside of those units of study listed for this major.
The following information is for Pre-2011 continuing students only
Requirements for the International Business major for students who commenced study in their degree before 2011.
Pre-2011 continuing students can choose to follow the requirements for a major as set out above or can follow the requirements for their major as set out in the following downloadable PDFs. Students should also refer to the handbook of the year you commenced for the exact details of their degree and major requirements.
- International Business major or extended major for students who commenced study in their degree in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010
- International Business major or double major for students who commenced study in their degree before 2006
The International Business major is an available option in the following degrees offered by the Business School:
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)
Pre-2011 continuing students enrolled in these former Faculty of Economics and Business degrees can also complete a major or electives in International Business: FH029 Bachelor of Economics, FH035 Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; and Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (electives only).
Students in the following combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees administered by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies also have the option of completing a major in International Business:
- Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Commerce
An International Business major or electives in this area may also be available to students enrolled in other degrees in the University. Students should check the other faculty's handbook and course information for further details.