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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


01523/International Business Administration (IBA)

The International Business Administration major results in a multidisciplinary degree combining courses in international business and language, with a strong, functional business component. The International Business Administration major requires the completion of four international courses, completion of the functional business major, and a proficiency in a foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish).

Foundational Courses

2501. Fundamentals of Asian Business (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: IBA 0100.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1001 (C050) or 1101 (C051) and 1102 (C052) or 1103 (C055) or by permission of the instructor.

This course is designed to enable students to grasp broad knowledge on Asian business practices. The semester will begin by surveying the wide array of national characteristics that corporate decision-makers must consider prior to making economic decisions on foreign investment. During this section of the course, we will also analyze economic, social, and political conditions in India in order to provide practical examples of how the national characteristics impact the decision-making process. It will then examine the similarities and dissimilarities among Japanese, Chinese, and Korean businesses and the special features of Japanese business, such as the network relationships among companies and groups called keiretsu. Given our understanding of the above issues, we will examine how American companies should compete in Asia.

2502. Fundamentals of Latin American Business (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: IBA 0101.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1001 (C050) or 1101 (C051) and 1102 (C052) or 1103 (C055) or by permission of the instructor.

This course is designed to give students a solid basis to face a job assignment related to business in a Latin American country and to develop your ability to perceive the importance of cultural diversity and how it influences business activities across Latin American countries. Specifically, this course will help you understand the specific challenges of doing business in Latin America and enable you to perceive and understand the differences in the business environment, business customs, and business practices between countries of Latin America and of the rest of the world.

2503. Business in the European Union (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Economics 1001 (C050) or 1101 (C051) and 1102 (C052) or 1103 (C055) or by permission of the instructor.

With the creation of the single European market, the ratification and enforcement of the Maastricht Treaty, the further expansion in the number of member countries, the stalled ratification of a European Constitution, and the creation of economic associations elsewhere in the planet, it is imperative to understand what the European Union is all about, how it functions, how it affects the regionís political and economic environment, how it is possible to interact with its decision-making structure and how it might develop in the near future. Special attention will be devoted to the EUís business environment as it presents itself to the eyes of a U.S. investor.

Upper Division Courses

3101. Fundamentals of International Business (3 s.h.) F S.

Prerequisite: Successful complete of Economics 1101 (C051) and 1102 (C052), HR MGMT 1101 (0083), Marketing 2101 (0081), and one from: Law 1001 (C001), Law 0856, or Law 1101.

This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and practices in international business. Topics to be covered include the economic, social, cultural, legal, and political environments of international trade and multinational corporations (MNCs), international institutions and agencies that impact on international business, the nature and characteristics of international business, strategy and structure of MNCs, problems of foreign direct investments, and conflicts between host countries and MNCs, and effects of MNCs on the economy.

Note: Students taking this course at Temple Rome who do not have all of the prequisites can seek permission of the instructor to take this course. Permission will be based on criteria set by the instructor at Temple Rome.

3551. International Financial Markets (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: IBA 0265.)

Prerequisite: Finance 3011 (0101) and 3101 (0103) [or Finance 3911 (0191) and 3901 (0193)] and Statistics 2101 (C021) or 2103.

Cross Listed with Finance 3551 (0250).

This course provides a detailed analysis of international financial markets. Topics include: foreign currency, international money markets, international banking, and international capital markets.

3552. International Financial Management (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: IBA 0266.)

Prerequisite: Finance 3011 (0101) and 3101 (0103) [or Finance 3911 (0191) and 3901 (0193)] and Statistics 2101 (C021) or 2103.

Cross Listed with Finance 3552 (0251).

The course provides a theoretical and practical analysis of the financing and investment decisions of multinational firms operating in international financial markets. Topics include: international asset valuation, international financing and investments, foreign exchange risk exposure, and country risk management.

3553. International Marketing (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0275.)

Prerequisite: Marketing 2101 (0081) or 2901 (0091) with a grade of C or better.

Cross Listed with Marketing 3553 (0250).

Problems of marketing and analysis of the internal marketing system of countries with various types of political-economic structures. The strategic impact of economic, cultural, political, and legal differences on marketing is emphasized. International product, price, promotion, and distribution issues are also considered.

3562. International Law (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0106.)

Cross Listed with Law 3562 (0106).

Fifty percent of the net profits of most large corporations are generated through international transactions. This course will explore the legal considerations that apply to U.S. businesses abroad and will explore issues of contract negotiations, enforcement of judgments, international conventions, sovereign immunity, and current multinational business issues such as dumping, products liability, and patents and copyrights.

3563. International Trade (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0255.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1101 (C051) or 1901 (H091), and 1102 (C052) or 1902 (H092) or permission of instructor.

Cross Listed with Economics 3563 (0250).

An examination of the basic theories of international trade, commercial policy, and factor movements. Topics may include the relation between trade and economic growth, global aspects of U.S. trade policy, international trade agreements, and protectionism.

3564. International Monetary Economics (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0256.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1101 (C051) or 1901 (H091), and 1102 (C052) or 1902 (H092) or permission of instructor.

Cross Listed with Economics 3564 (0251).

The analysis of the balance of payments and foreign currency markets. Topics include the international payments system, foreign investment and debt, and exchange rate regimes.

3565. International Human Resource Management (3 s.h.) F SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0201.)

Prerequisite: Human Resource Management 1101 (0083) or 1901 (0093) at Temple University or a transfer institution.

Cross Listed with Human Resource Management 3565 (0201).

Focuses on the role of the manager in international organizations and creates awareness of differing legal environments and societal attitudes. Relates national differences to functional areas of human resource management - staffing, compensation, training, and labor relations.

3566. Global Strategic Management (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0380.)

Cross Listed with General & Strategic Management 3566 (0380).

An examination of the distinctive management issues that arise when firms are either contemplating or already doing business across national boundaries. This course examines the phenomenon of Globalization, what drives it, and how managers in multinational firms grapple with a complex and rapidly changing international economic environment. Utilizing the case study method, the course also introduces the critical business skills of understanding and managing strategic issues in international settings.

3580. Special Topics in International Business (1 to 6 s.h.)

(Formerly: IBA 0394.)

Special topics in current developments in the field of international business.

3582. Independent Study (1 to 6 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: IBA 0395.)

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair.

Readings and/or papers under supervision of a faculty member. The student should pursue a topic of interest by getting a faculty member to agree to supervise the studentís study. Possible topics of interest to the faculty in the department include: cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and global sourcing, among others.

3585. International Business Internship (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: IBA 0288.)

Prerequisite: Approval of IBA Faculty Director.

The course objective is to enable students to gain practical work experience on a project of relevance to their academic program, while providing the latest best practices and international business concepts on projects for employers. Course consists of an internship with a company involved in international business either in the U.S. or abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for currently developed programs as well as select from a reputable organization of their interest. The result is a project paper based on student assignments within the organization.

Note: Arrangements are made through the Institute of Global Management Studies. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA and final approval by Dr. Arvind Phatak required.

3682. Independent Study (1 to 6 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: IBA 0396.)

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair.

Readings and/or papers under supervision of a faculty member. The student should pursue a topic of interest by getting a faculty member to agree to supervise the studentís study. Possible topics of interest to the faculty in the department include: cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and global sourcing, among others.

4587. International Business Practicum (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: IBA 0381.)

Prerequisite: All other courses in the International Business Administration major.

Cross Listed with General & Strategic Management 4587 (0381).

The IB capstone prepares international business students to thoroughly understand the ways and means of international trade. It arms them with the information, the skills, and the analytical capabilities to act as a competent international trade specialist and, if you so choose, to take and pass the NASBITE examination to become a Certified Global Business Professional. The course covers four domains of competencies essential to the conduct of international trade on the firm level: Global Business Management, Global Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Trade Finance. The course consists of lectures, discussions, multi-media presentations, and group work, all of which is directed toward acquiring proficiency in the four competency domains of the international trade professional.

Note: This course is for majors only. Special Authorization required in 506 Alter Hall.
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