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International Market Integration and Trade Agreements
BUSI-464

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines market and economic integration among countries, including the European Union, the North American Free Trade Agreement, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and others. Major emerging market economies will also be surveyed, along with the challenges and opportunities these present to the international business firm.

Requisites

Prerequisite

BUSI 303

Rationale

The core of international business is in trade between nations which occurs at all levels ranging from national governments, corporations, and small businesses to individuals. In order for the student of international business to prepare to engage in trade, at any level, an understanding of the elements that facilitate or impede imports and exports is needed. These elements include the requirements and restrictions imposed by international organizations as well as integrated markets created by trade blocs, trade unions, agreements, treaties, customs, and other regulations.

 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Identify the geographical location of the nations involved in the various trade blocs, unions, and agreements. (Program Learning Outcome 4, Introduced).
    2. Describe the various types of economic integration among countries, along with related costs and benefits. (Program Learning Outcome 4, Emphasized and Reinforced).
    3. Analyze and evaluate market integration developments around the world. (Program Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3; Introduced and Emphasized).
    4. Explore the opportunities for trade presented by various integrated markets as well as emerging market economies. (Program Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3; Introduced and Emphasized).
    5. Integrate biblical principles within the field of international trade. (Program Learning Outcome 1, Emphasized).

 

 

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Lynch, D.A. (2010). Tradand globalization: An introduction to regional trade agreements.

Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. APA formatting: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org
    5. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 300 words.

International Markets Integration and Social Issues Essays (2)

The student will complete two 4 -5 page International Markets Integration and Social Issues Essay papers. The student will select 1 country and discuss 1 of its regional trade agreements and the social issues that are prevalent due to the agreement. The essays should take the student on a journey to discover how the people of the selected nation are negatively affected by the agreements that their government has made.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the various regional trade agreements around the world and the process for joining them. The paper must include at least 6–8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

The student will be required to submit an annotated bibliography and outline. These assignments will culminate into the final paper.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checkl ist

10

Discussion Board Forums

 

      Threads (4 at 60 pts ea)

      Replies (4 at 50 pts ea)

240

200

International Markets Integration and Social Issues Essays (2 at 125 pts each)

250

Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

50

Research Paper: Outline

60

Research Paper: Final

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 464

Textbook: Lynch, Trade and Globalization (2010).

MODULE/ WEEK

READING & STUDY

ASSIGNMENTS

POINTS

1

Lynch: ch. 1

1 presentation

4 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions DB Forum 1- Thread

10

0

60

2

Lynch: ch. 1

1 presentation

4 websites

DB Forum 1- Reply Int’l Markets Integration and Social Issues Essay 1

50

125

3

Lynch: ch. 2

1 presentation

6 websites

DB Forum 2 - Thread Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography

60

50

4

Lynch: ch. 2

1 presentation

6 websites

DB Forum 2 - Reply

50

5

Lynch: ch. 5

1 presentation

3 websites

DB Forum 3 - Thread Research Paper: Outline

60

60

6

Lynch: ch. 5

1 presentation

3 websites

DB Forum 3 - Reply Int’l Markets Integration and Social Issues Essay 2

50

125

7

Lynch: ch. 6

1 presentation

3 websites

DB Forum 4 - Thread

60

8

Lynch: ch. 6

1 presentation

3 websites

DB Forum 4 - Reply Research Paper: Final

50

200

TOTAL

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00

a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.