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BSNS401 The Environment of Business and Economics

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Provides exposure to multi-cultural and international influences on business and global economics, including communications, governance, accountability and ethics. Designed to develop skills for graduates working in all international environments.

The purpose of this paper is to provide students in the coursework Masters programme with an appreciation of business and economics as they are experienced in a variety of cultural settings. Further, for the sake of international students, this paper provides exposure to 'Western' business practices. Moreover, this paper offers students the opportunity to improve their communication skills (verbal and written) within professional and academic contexts.

Paper title The Environment of Business and Economics
Paper code BSNS401
Subject Business Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,403.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
BCom(Hons), MBusDataSc, MIntBus, MSusBus
(i) For BCom(Hons) students, this paper is intended only for those studying Accounting. (ii) The N1 distance occurrence of this paper is only available to students enrolled in the MSusBus programme.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff

Dr Frederico Botafogo

Teaching Arrangements

1 x lecture per week

1 x tutorial per week


No reference textbooks.

Course outline
View the course outline for BSNS 401
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Develop an appreciation of ethics from multicultural perspectives and, also, within an international business environment
  • Understand and demonstrate the frameworks and structures of conducting business in a number of cultural contexts from around the world
  • Appreciate the nature of financial reporting and accountability across different countries and be able to provide critical reflection on these topics
  • Strengthen abilities to communicate effectively in a multicultural business environment, including an appreciation of various business-related disciplines
  • Develop a research plan that incorporates the learning objectives, as listed above, to apply appropriate methods to an investigation and to summarise and communicate the results

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22