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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Environment of International Business

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

The course provides in-depth perspectives concerning the nature of international business and the environment in which it is conducted, including international trade, foreign direct investment, the relationship between international organizations and international business, the international monetary system, and international environmental forces (socio-cultural, natural resources, economic, political, legal, financial, labor).



BUSI 604


Global interdependence among nations of the world is a reality. Trade barriers between nations have fallen, and trades blocks are rapidly forming as world leaders realize that there is more to be gained by collaborating with each other than by remaining economically isolated. Multinational corporations are playing a major role in this accelerating regional and global economic integration. A major emphasis of this course will be to research and discuss the nature of international business, cooperation among nations, and international environmental forces.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze labor force issues in the global environment.
  2. Assess economic and socioeconomic forces impacting global business.
  3. Compare and contrast natural resources with environmental sustainability.
  4. Determine the impact of political forces on global business.
  5. Evaluate the impact of financial forces on global business.
  6. Examine the impact of legal forces on global business.
  7. Participate in graduate-level individual and/or collaborative research projects.

Course Resources

Required Resource

Geringer, et al. (2016). International business: New York, NY: McGraw Hill. (This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides 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 this resource.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (current edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Group Discussion Board Forums (8)

The instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to any 8 questions for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Replies are not required in weeks 1 and 7. Each reply must be 250 words in length. The student must complete both the thread and the replies, in order to receive credit for weeks 2-6 and 8.

Case Studies (8)

The student will analyze 8 case studies throughout the course. Each student will submit a short essay in current APA format of at least 500 words for each assigned case.

Final Project

The student will write a 16-page research-based paper in current APA format, analyzing the global environments of performing business in another nation. Title headings are provided for the student and must be followed. The paper must include at least 16 scholarly references in addition to the textbook.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Group Discussion Board Forums


Case Studies (8 at 40 pts ea)


Final Project





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 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+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

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


BUSI 605

Textbooks: Geringer et al., International Business (2016).


Reading & Study




Geringer et al.: Module 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class introductions

Group DB Forum 1

MiniCase 1






Geringer et al.: Module 2

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 2

MiniCase 2




Geringer et al.: Module A

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 3

MiniCase Module A




Geringer et al.: Module 4

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 4

MiniCase 4




Geringer et al.: Module 5

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 5

MiniCase 5




Geringer et al.: Module 6

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 6

MiniCase 6




Geringer et al.: Module 7

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 7

MiniCase 7

Final Project





Geringer et al.: Module 8

1 presentation

Group DB Forum 8

MiniCase 8





Group DB = Group Discussion Board

NOTE: Modules/Weeks 1-7 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Module 8 will begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.