University of Sydney Handbooks - 2017 Archive

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International Business

Studying an International Business major at the University of Sydney Business School provides students with the knowledge and skills relevant to the development, strategy and management of international business organisations and the institutional context for their development, growth and operation.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the major on cultural understanding and comparing how business works in Australia with other countries in the Asian region and beyond. In addition, there is the opportunity to focus on entrepreneurship skills in an international business context.

International Business is a Table A subject area - Major I subject area for the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).

Requirements for a major in International Business

For the award of a major in International Business, students complete:

(1) a six credit point junior unit of study, that must be either,

(a) offered by the University of Sydney Business School; OR
(b) be part of the Bachelor of Economics, or Bachelor of International and Global Studies (for students enrolled in these degrees only).*

* Students who do not meet the requirements in (a) or (b) may complete two alternative junior units of study approved by the Chair of Discipline (International Business).

(2) 36 credit points in senior units of study, comprising:

(i) 24 credit points in compulsory units of study, as follows:

  • IBUS2101 International Business Strategy
  • IBUS2102 Cross-Cultural Management
  • IBUS3101 International Business Alliances
  • IBUS3102 International Risk Management.

(ii) 12 credit points in elective units of study selected from the following options:

  • ACCT3031 International Corporate Governance *
  • CLAW2211 Commercial Practice in China
  • ECOS3006 International Trade + ^
  • ECOS3007 International Macroeconomics + ^
  • FINC3011 International Financial Management
  • GOVT2221 Politics of International Economic Relations + ^ *
  • GOVT2225 International Security in the 21st Century + ^
  • IBUS3103 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • IBUS3104 Ethical International Business Decisions
  • IBUS3106 International Business Special Project
  • IBUS3107 Business Negotiations
  • IBUS3108 Social Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS3109 Strategy and Emerging Markets
  • MKTG3116 International Marketing
  • USSC2601 US in the World + ^
  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Management
  • WORK2222 Leadership in Organisations.
  • Senior language units of study (2000 and 3000-level) from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (a maximum of two units of study or 12 credit points). + ^

* Not available in 2017.

+ For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce, Government and International Relations (GOVT), US Studies Centre (USSC), and language units from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences count towards the credit point limit for non-Commerce units of study as specified in the relevant course resolutions. Students enrolled in the combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws program cannot complete any units from non-Commerce subject areas.

^ For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), all Economics (ECOS), GOVT, USSC and language units will count towards the 84 credit point allowance for non-Business School units of study.

Many of the senior elective units will require the completion of additional prerequisites. Students should refer to the relevant faculty handbook for details of unit prerequisites (

Note: All units of study listed are six credit points unless otherwise indicated.