The MBA in Business Law provides a broadly-based postgraduate level of education in management and law for pre and post experience graduates. It is not restrictive in limiting admission to graduates with prior work experience, as we believe new first degree graduates are well able to take a Masters programme in management. Students specialise in law subjects during the second term, and while the modules taken are very standard, the programme has a distinctly international orientation.
Teaching and learning will be achieved through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided independent study, and a variety of assessments, including examinations. The course will be taught in a modular format, with each module normally being taught in an intensive one-week block.
The MBA in International Business Law aims to equip you with the following competencies and understanding:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of current international business and legal practice and theory.
- Explain the development and theoretical bases of key practices in all major management disciplines applied to international business.
- Conduct informed reflection upon the efficacy of law within the business sector.
- Formulate both written and oral arguments on topical issues in contemporary international business and law.
- Understand a range of transferable research approaches and methodologies along with advanced skills in self-selected research strategies.
- Demonstrate ability to research issues in international business law by gathering information, evaluating and synthesizing it to arrive at a reasoned and logical conclusion.
- Achieve significant autonomous learning through preparation for presentations, written assessments and the supervised dissertation.
- Show proficiency in a range of transferable skills, including self-management, team work, communication and presentation.
Specifically, the MBA in Business Law aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to ensure they have excellent competencies in:
- Applied knowledge of key concepts in each of the core subjects (Core subjects).
- The impact of national differences in global business (All subjects)
- Understanding the links between corporate actions and resulting outcomes; (All subjects)
- Skills of working constructively in cross-cultural teams (Group projects and presentations in most modules).
- Decision making on the basis of incomplete information (Core subjects and Research training).
- Understanding the essential elements of international business law, of comparative commercial arbitration and dispute settlement (Elective subjects)
- Advanced knowledge on international trade agreements and their connection with development (Elective subjects)
- Advanced knowledge on international banking and financial regulations as they relate to the broader global economy (Elective subjects).
- Testing propositions and evaluating evidence (Dissertation, Research training and Core subjects).
- Communicating complex problems in a structured and effective way; taking responsibility for their self learning and creative work and developing habits of reflection of that learning (Dissertation).
- Planning, designing and writing an investigative project relating to issues in international business law (Dissertation)
- Advanced knowledge and critical understanding of research methods within the subject areas; (Research training)
The programme is, in general, intended as a one-year programme. Arrangements can be made, however, for part-time students to be able to complete the programme over two years. As required for Masters programmes, the MBA will have 1,800 hours of study in a variety of forms.
The compulsory Core Courses are:
1. International Accounting and Finance
2. International Marketing
3. International Strategy
4. International Human Resource Management
5. Information Systems / Operations Management
Two elective modules are also required:
1. International Business Law
2. International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration
3. International Trade Law
4. International Banking Law
All students are also required to take a course in research methodology, a pass in which is a condition for being allowed to proceed to the dissertation. The third part of the programme is a dissertation on a legal topic.
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International Finance and Accounting – MBA 01
The basic technique of finance is the same whether one is interested in Personal Finance, Business Finance or Public Sector Finance. It is necessary for everyone to understand how to measure the real cost of money, and the real return from investment. The course covers the basic mathematics of finance. That is how to measure present values and future values. This is an introduction to the subject of finance and of accounting. The module provides an introduction to international financial markets, to the source of funds for companies, and to the investment opportunities for those with money. Taxation is briefly covered. The numerous methods of valuing an equity share are introduced. The efficiency of the stock markets is examined, and the opportunities to make money on the markets considered.
International Marketing – MBA 02
The module aims to develop an advanced understanding of the managerial marketing vocabulary of concepts, maxims and normative models within an international context drawing on issues in differing domains of practice including the public sector. The baseline for the module is the influential US normative tradition of applied marketing principles. Alongside this, the module aims to encourage a critical engagement from students supported by reference to traditions of marketing scholarship which seek not to advance organizational effectiveness but to study the evolution, production and communication of marketing thought itself.
International Strategy – MBA 03
This course provides the student with an understanding of how Corporate and Business Strategy fits into the organisation and running of a company or multi-company corporation. The course consists of 10 x three hour sessions of lectures and case studies including the theories behind strategy development, current views on the nature of corporate strategy, international strategy, cooperative strategy, and how to achieve strategic change. The aim of the module is to introduce the student to the way in which a firm can achieve sustainable competitive advantage and develop the corporation internationally.
International HRM – MBA 04
This module introduces students to the principal issues underlying human resource management [HRM] in international organisations. It does so with particular attention to the transfer of HRM practices from one country setting to another through the medium of the multinational corporation and international joint ventures. As the significant context for international HRM, the module introduces students to the nature of national culture and examines the implications for HRM of variations between major cultures.
Information Systems – MBA 05
Information Systems: This course aims to introduce students to some of the key information systems issues faced by organisations in today’s global business environment. Starting with the use of information systems for attaining competitive advantage, the course will address organisational and managerial concerns in the development, implementation and effective management of information systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on using a variety of case studies to make explicit the problems involved in the management of technological change in organisations as well as the impact of information systems on organisational culture and context.
Sustainability – MBA 06
Debates on business ethics are not new, but more recently the subject has attracted the attention of major corporations, governments, international bodies and consulting firms. Ethical issues have become increasingly important in business education. The subject assumed critical significance following the recent corporate scandals and the controversial behaviour of multinational corporations [MNCs] in developing countries and their often reluctant response to societal pressures to adopt a more responsible stance towards the environment. This module will focus on the ethical issues that affect the management of MNCs and other firms. Its general objective is to enhance the students’ capacity to recognize ethical dilemmas which such organizations face. Using examples from the business world, the module will develop the students’ ability to handle the ethical decisions they are likely to encounter in their personal and professional lives.
International Business Law - E06
This course provides an understanding of the essential elements of international business law. Divided into ten modules, this course will focus on the main issues relating to Contract Law, Commercial Law, Business Regulation, Employment Law, Company Law, and Business Ethics (theory and practice). It is intended to give students a comprehensive and coherent appreciation of the main legal aspects of the subject as well as exploring ethical issues within the international business context.
International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration - E07
This course provides an understanding of the essential elements of international and comparative commercial arbitration and dispute settlement. Divided into ten modules, this course will focus on the main issues relating to resolving disputes arising under contracts, commercial law, or in the business and employment environment. It will also explore Commercial Arbitration Law (theory and practice) including a skills-based component. It is intended to give students a comprehensive and coherent appreciation of the main legal and practical aspects of the subject within the international business context.
International Trade Law - E08
The purpose of this course is to provide a firm understanding of the relevant components of commercial trade within a global environment. It focuses on the basic legal framework regulating trade deals and contracts including the sale of goods, an analysis of various types of contracts, and remedies available for the breach thereof. Discussion subsequently focuses on special problems arising between buyer and seller where goods are carried in a container, followed by an examination of the various types of contracts for the carriage of goods by sea. The focus of the course then turns to banker’s commercial credits, examining both the types of credits and then the contractual effects between the buyer and seller; buyer and banker; and the seller and banker. The course subsequently turns to examine relevant international trade agreements including: that of the European Union; NAFTA; GATT; and the World Trade Organization’s place in settling trade disputes. Matters of trade and development are then discussed, examining issues relating to the UK Government’s “Ethical Trade” policy; the United States’ current trade policy as it pertains to human rights; China, trade and human rights; developing nations and trade; and sustainable development, trade and environmental concerns.
International Banking Law - E09
The purpose of this course is to provide an in depth understanding of international banking and financial regulations as they relate to the broader global economy. The course begins by examining the establishment of the World Bank discussing its institutional framework, functions, duties and responsibilities. Discussion then turns to the role of the International Monetary Fund. The course then focuses on the European sector examining the EC banking directives as they pertain to the European Union, as well as their relationship with other countries and financial markets. The course then examines the recent implementation of the Euro as the single European currency, beginning with the European Central Bank. The legal framework for this currency is examined, highlighting the transition stages to monetary union and the relevant protocols, declarations and regulations. Broader issues relating to Member States’ legal obligation to stability and growth are studied within the broader European context. The three main world currencies are discussed (the US Dollar, Japanese Yen and the Euro) examining possible implications for each currency in a new world financial market. Discussion then focuses on broader issues relating to international bank mergers, examining the law of mergers and problems posed by such mergers.
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