Government-Business Relations

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Government-Business Relations

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Government

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The course explores the impact that government and business have on one another in a national and international context. It asks what consequences these relationships have for both government and business, particularly in the context of the aftermath of the global financial crisis. It offers insights into how government policies and practices affect business and how business influences and relates to government. At the heart of this course lies the issue of government intervention in business in Australia and elsewhere around the world.

    Course Introduction
    Course Delivery: This course is offered in a mixed mode format. It can be studied face to face or through online enrolment.

    Lectures and workshops will be held at Nathan, Gold Coast and Logan campuses for face to face students. Students studying online will be able to engage through interactive online activities such as collaborate sessions and blogs. Online students are welcome to attend the lectures for the face to face courses.

    Course Introduction: Success in business is underpinned by a sound understanding of government business relations. Politics is a central feature of our lives ? issues such as globalisation, international trade and climate change are the subject of front-page headlines and nightly news bulletins. These issues can have a direct impact on millions of people across the globe. All citizens have a stake in understanding the politics that lie behind these events, and how they are affected by them. For these reasons alone, this course is important ? it helps to make sense of the seemingly mystifying and chaotic world we live in.

    Politics is also critical to business. This is because almost every aspect of the commercial world from taxation to pollution control from consumer regulation to employment law is shaped by political decisions. As a result business success often depends on understanding and successfully engaging in the political process. For this reason, this course is essential for business students.

    The course explores the impact that government and business have on one another in a national and international context and asks what consequences these relationships have for both government and business. It will provide insights into how government policies and practice affect business, and how business influences and relates to government in Australia and elsewhere. This course not only looks at the Australian experience but also provides insights into the political practices and business culture of some of Australia?s major trading partners.

    In order to explore these themes the course initially introduces central concepts in the study of politics and then describes the main institutions and actors in government business relations. Having established this foundation the course explores government business relations in comparative perspective before examining some of the most significant international political issues affecting business including: global environmental regulation, trans-national corporate governance and globalisation.

    Course Aims
    Course Rationale: Success in business is underpinned by a sound understanding of government business relations because government is central to business operations and strategies. Almost every aspect of the commercial world from taxation to environmental standards, consumer relations and employment law - is shaped by political decisions. To be effective, business people need to understand and engage in the political process.

    Course Aims: This course aims to give students an understanding of the relationship between government and business, and the way in which each affects the other at different times and in different circumstances. It will provide insights into how government policies and practice affect business and how business can influence government. This is particularly challenging in a tough economic climate when we are confronting the problems presented by climate change and environmental sustainability.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate an ability to identify key political institutions and understand how they impact on business and society.
    2 Have a basic understanding of politics and current events in an international context.
    3 Critically analyse government business relations.
    4 Compare Australia's system of government business relations with those in other countries.
    5 Display an understanding of some of the key policy issues confronting business including the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
    6 Demonstrate competence in a range of generic skills required for academic study which include the following: critical thinking skills, ability to critically analyse data, problem-solving skills, ability to argue in an articulate and concise manner, self-management skills, improved teamwork abilities, the ability to develop an argument and structure a response to questions and improved written expression skills.

    Assessment Plan
    Guided discussion with peers - Workshop preparation, or blogs, and contribution 10%/10
    Assignment - Written Assignment - Reading Reports (Early Assessment Task) 10%/10
    Assignment - Research-based Assignment - Business Submission OR Essay 40%/40
    Exam - constructed response - End of Semester Exam 40%/40

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.