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International Experiential Learning


Grade Requirements

In addition to normal university grade point average requirements, the Beedie School of Business requires a minimum 2.30 overall SFU Business course grade point average for entry into all 300 and 400 division business courses.

For a course to be accepted as fulfilling a prerequisite, or for a lower division requirement, or for a core course to be accepted in a student's program in business, a student must have obtained a minimum grade of C- (C minus).

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 calculated on all courses applied towards the certificate is required for graduation from a business certificate.

Program Requirements

Students complete 18-21 units which are earned through a combination of coursework and an international experiential component.

Core Courses

1. Language Component

Students must complete a 3 unit language course.

2. International Business Component

BUS 346 - Global Business Environment (3)

Study of international environment and its impact on business behavior: cultural, social, economic and institutional factors; major functions of international business; export and import trade, foreign investment, production and marketing operations; theoretical principles, government policies, business practices. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for COMM 346 or COMM 446 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5016, Burnaby
D200 We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby

Plus one of

BUS 418 - International Financial Management (3)

An introduction to international financial markets and institutions and to the management of assets and liabilities in an international/multinational setting. Topics to be covered include: exchange rate determination and management of foreign exchange risk; interest rate swaps; international portfolio management; comparative markets; and country risk. Prerequisite: BUS 315, 316, 360W; 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
E100 Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
BUS 430 - Cross-Cultural Management (3)

Examines the major similarities and differences in management systems and practices in a variety of countries, including western Europe, East Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. Topics include the following: comparative management frameworks, managing cultural differences, cross-cultural business negotiations, and international human resource management. Prerequisite: 360W; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
BUS 431 - Business with East Asian Countries (3)

This course examines the opportunities and challenges of doing business with the Pacific Rim countries such as China, Japan and Korea. Topics include the following: the political and economic systems as they affect foreign investment; social and cultural systems as they affect management practices; the conduct of business negotiations for market entry; and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and one of BUS 430 or 432; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

BUS 432 - International Human Resource Management (3)

Significance of multinational complexity and diversity (cultural, economic, demographic, etc.) to the human resource function. Interplay among human resource functions (employee procurement, allocation, utilization), types of employees, and countries of operation. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and one of BUS 272 or 381; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

BUS 434 - Foreign Market Entry (3)

Examines various topics related to a firm's entry into international markets and the means of sustaining a formidable presence vis-a-vis competitors in foreign markets. Begins with an overview of the historical evolution of the globalization process, the internationalization process of individual firms, challenges that internationalizing firms face in terms of differences in culture and political risk among various host markets entered, and models of multinational companies, and then builds on this background in providing an overview and in-depth coverage of important entry modes such as licensing/franchising, JVs/alliances, acquisitions/mergers with specific focus on managing these modes of entry in an international setting. Prerequisite: BUS 360W; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346. Students who have taken BUS 492 (Topic: Foreign Market Entry) may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
BUS 435 - Management of International Firms (3)

Strategic requirements for the management of multinational corporations. Firm-specific and institutional challenges facing global managers in formulating and implementing profitable strategies. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and one of BUS 430 or 432; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

BUS 447 - Global Marketing Management (3)

The marketing of goods and services in an international context, with emphasis on Pacific Rim countries. Theoretical concepts, environmental influences. Researching and forecasting international markets. The management of international marketing. Prerequisite: BUS 343, 360W; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

BUS 49X - (approved International Business topic) (3)

3. Global Perspectives Component

Students must complete 3 units from the following list:


CMNS 247 - International Communication (3)

Topics covered may include Internet governance, the global news media, globalization of cultures, intellectual property and trade law, cyberwar, and the changing role of the state. Prerequisite: CMNS 110 and 130.


ECON 102 - The World Economy (3)

An overview of the broad economic trends in the development of the world economy over the last five decades with reference to the major debates related to economic interdependence, development and growth, globalization, and the role of the major multilateral economic institutions (IMF, World Bank, OCED, ILO, UN). (lecture/tutorial). Breadth-Social Sciences.

ECON 342 - International Trade (3)

Topics discussed in this course are: gains from trade in a classical world; the modern theory of international trade; factor price equalization; empirical tests and extensions of the pure theory model; economic growth and international trade; the nature and effects of protection; motives and welfare effects of factor movements; multinational enterprises; the brain drain; customs union theory; pollution control and international trade. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200 and 105 or 205; 60 units or permission of the department. Students with credit for ECON 442 cannot take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dave Cox
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3182, Burnaby
D101 Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
D104 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D105 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D106 Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
D107 Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D108 Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D109 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
D110 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2260, Burnaby
ECON 355W - Economic Development (4)

Analysis of theories of economic development. Consideration will be given to the requirements of successful development, to aspects of international co-operation, and to procedures of economic planning. Problems of emerging countries and models of various developing economies will be studied. Prerequisite: ECON 103 or 200 and 105 or 205; 60 units. Students with credit for ECON 355 or ECON 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Martin Santamaria
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 3181, Burnaby
AQ 3181, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D102 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D103 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D105 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D106 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D107 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D108 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D109 We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D110 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D111 We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D112 We 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
ECON 372 - The Economics of Globalization (3)

Evolution of the global economy and its institutions, including historical developments dating from the nineteenth century up to the present day. Examines common themes across all periods, such as international trade, capital, and immigration flows. Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 105, 60 units. Students with credit for ECON 382 in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, or Spring 2010 terms may not take this course for further credit.


GEOG 102 - World Problems in Geographic Perspective (3)

Current world-scale problems are examined in their regional and global contexts, with emphasis being placed on the importance of dynamics of the natural environment in human affairs. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GEOG 241 - People, Place, Society (3)

An introduction to key concepts and contexts in contemporary geographical approaches to social practices, meanings, and struggles. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GEOG 328 - Labour Geographies (4)

An examination of contemporary debates in Labour Geography, surveying geographical approaches to work and employment. Lectures will explore the relationships between space, place and labour market change in the context of globalization and uneven development. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or LBST 101. Students with credit for LBST 328 may not take this course for further credit.

Health Science

HSCI 160 - Global Perspectives on Health (3)

An introduction to the differences in health and health services among the nations of the globe. Vulnerable sub-populations worldwide and their special health needs. Mechanisms whereby events in one country can impact health in another. Future worldwide health risks, their economic and health consequences. SARS, avian 'flu,' West Nile virus, 'mad cow disease,' antibiotic resistant malaria or tuberculosis. Dangers to rich and poor nations from ignoring health problems in developing world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Myint Tun
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 3260, Burnaby

Sociology and Anthropology

SA 302W - Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA) (4)

An introduction to the political economy and culture of capitalism in relation to global problems. Case studies may focus on issues of population, famine, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, social inequality, and nation-state violence. Resistance, rebellion and social movements in response to these problems also will be addressed. Students who took SA 294 in 03-1, 04-1 and 04-2 may not take SA 302 for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

SA 363 - Process of Development and Underdevelopment (S) (4)

An examination of sociological and anthropological theories of development and underdevelopment as applied to the Third World. The nature and consequences of world system linkages; colonialism and decolonization; patterns of social change in selected societies and regions. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education

International Studies

IS 101 - Global Challenges of the 21st Century: An Introduction to International Studies (3)

Introduces the interdisciplinary field of International Studies to all undergraduates and IS majors. Examines the major global challenges of our time, including poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, nationalism, civil war, and armed conflict. Explores the challenge of global governance and global citizenship. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Logan Masilamani
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6101, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
IS 200 - Security and Global Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)

Examines contemporary security and governance challenges by drawing on insights from across the social sciences. Includes such topics as: war, nuclear proliferation, genocide, human trafficking, and global health threats. Explores the role of international organizations (the UN, EU, NATO and others) in addressing security challenges and advancing global governance. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Logan Masilamani
We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
J101 We 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
J102 We 7:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 400, Vancouver
IS 209 - Latin America: the National Period (3)

A survey of Latin American history from Independence (1808-24) to the present: post-Independence political collapse and reconsolidation; Latin America in the world trade system and the changing conditions of economic dependency; nationalist reform (Mexico) and socialist revolution (Cuba), liberalism, populism, and the rise of modernizing military. Treatment by topics and broad historical period rather than county by county. Students who take this course may not take HIST 209 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IS 210 - Comparative World Politics: Trajectories, Regimes, Challenges (3)

Introduces students to the variety of systems of governance in the world today, examines the historical and cultural sources of their different developmental trajectories, and assesses the challenges they face in the future. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IS 220 - Wealth and Poverty of Nations (3)

Analyzes some of the historical reasons for the great divergence in world economic development, and undertakes a cross-country, cross-regional perspective of world economic development using a historical approach to long-run economic growth. Breadth-Social Sciences.

IS 230 - Beyond the Nation-State: Identity and Belonging in a Globalized World (3)

This course surveys the diverse ways people have fashioned identities and social relations that do not easily conform to the boundaries of nation-states. Explores how, in the context of transnational movements of people and ideas, individuals and communities construct and contest new identities, aspirations, and forms of belonging. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IS 265 - Global History from the Revolutionary Age to the Present (3)

An introduction to Global History, beginning in the 1780s and ending in the present day. Key topics include the first Age of Revolution (US, Haiti, Latin America), the post-colonial experience, and the modern world economy. Students with credit for HIST 265 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

IS 280 - War in the Balkans and the Making of the 21st Century (3)

Provides an overview of the second World War as a backdrop to the dramatic changes in Greece and South Eastern Europe. Students with credit for HS 280 may not take IS 280 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IS 302 - Humanitarian Intervention: An Introduction (4)

Explores how international actors respond to humanitarian emergencies, such as famine, displacement, and genocide. Examines the political, legal, and ethical challenges of humanitarian action by focusing on contemporary cases and on key types of response, from the delivery of aid to sanctions and the use of military force. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

IS 303 - Ethnic Minorities, Identity Politics, and Conflict in Southeast Asia (4)

Surveys the ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia, focusing on their relations with other ethnic groups, especially majority populations, and governments. Examines the treatment of ethnic minorities and the responses of the minorities, including ethnic-based secession movements. Reviews cross-border and broader international issues relating to minorities, such as their status as refugees and cross-border support for insurgencies. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 304 - Russian Foreign and Security Policies (4)

Introduces the Russian Federation's foreign and security policies. Reviews key actors, institutions, and stages in the development of Russian foreign policy development as well as the gap between rhetoric and realities in Russian foreign policy. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: IS 200 and HIST 335.

IS 313W - Nationalism, Democracy and Development in Modern India (4)

An examination of the differing narratives of nation and modernity in the struggle for independence from colonial rule in India, and their implications for the post-colonial state, for politics and for India's economic development. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: IS 210 or 220. Writing.

IS 314 - National, Regional, and International Politics in Southeast Asia (4)

Provides an overview of national and political issues in Southeast Asia. Surveying politics in individual countries and regional political institutions, focus is given to particular themes such as democratization and civil society, communism and other forms of authoritarianism, the role of the military, decentralization, religion and politics, the impact of China on the region, and security concerns. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 315 - Introduction to Middle East Politics (4)

Introduces the political, economic, and ideological dynamics of contemporary Middle Eastern states. Examines the legacy of colonialism, state formation, central ideological trends such as Arab nationalism and political Islam, the dynamics of state-society contention, and the challenges of economic development. Prerequisite: 45 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amyn Sajoo
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2270, Vancouver
IS 322 - Central Asia: Democracy, Development and Conflicts (4)

Examines the new states of post-Soviet Central Asia, with particular reference to the relationship among democratization, development, autocracy and conflict, and the role of external actors in transnational security issues in the region. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: IS 200. Students with credit for IS 412 may not take this course for further credit.

IS 410 - Politics, Institutions and Development (4)

The quality of institutions' exercises a crucial influence on the prospects for development. Aims are to interrogate this claim through analysis of different paths of economic growth and change across the developing world. Examination of the ways in which politics influences economic growth and distribution; the relationships between political systems and patterns of development; and the politics of institutions and state formation. Prerequisite: 90 units.

IS 414 - Current Regional Issues in Southeast Asia (4)

Reviews important current regional issues in Southeast Asia with particular attention to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 415 - Islamist Trend in Middle East Politics (4)

Focuses upon the political Islamist movements that have swept much of the Middle East and North Africa since the mid-1970s. Examines a broad range of movements, from liberal to militant trends, drawing on the experiences of countries throughout the region. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: HIST 151 or IS 315.

IS 421 - The Economics of International Organizations and Development (4)

Develops an understanding of the interactions between international organizations, economic theory, and implementation of economic policies. Explores as well the impact of their interventions in some chosen countries. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 427 - Globalization, Poverty and Inequality (4)

Analyzes the origins and the economic consequences of globalization and the uneven process of economic development around the world in relation to poverty, by considering the measurement of poverty, its causes and dynamics, as well as public policy for poverty reduction. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 435 - Special Topics in Latin American Studies (4)

An examination of Latin America through historical, literary, and social scientific approaches. Prerequisite: 45 units. Recommended: IS 209W or HIST 209W.

International Experiential Component

Students must complete one of the following international experiential components:

Stream 1: Study Abroad Component

One study abroad term (at least nine units) as an exchange student at an SFU exchange partner or one full time SFU field school program or an alternate approved full time Study Abroad program.

Stream 2: International Co-op Component

Participation in one full-time Co-operative Education term outside of Canada.

Stream 2 students must also complete 2 additional Language, International Business, or Global Perspectives courses from the lists above. One of these two courses must be an upper division (300 or 400 level) course. These two courses must be worth a minimum of 3 units each.