Term One – ALL lectures focus upon an introduction to the subject area i.e. - “the building blocks”
The lecture programme provides information on USA’s current “standing” in the world today: Business and the Credit Crunch, Govt intervention in business, Economic foreign policy, NAFTA, MNEs, the role of U.S. Entrepreneurial Capitalism, the importance of the American Media on the world stage, Government structure, the Economy in recession. What is meant by the term - American Exceptionalism. Why the USA is STILL the world’s no1. economy after 100 years…etc.
Seminars will cover a number of topical subjects and student participation is vital because we can’t do it without you!
Term Two – lectures focus upon the application of theory learnt in term one in order to enable students to develop their own viewpoints.
Weekly Lectures – topics include USA relationship to neighbours, Trading blocs & NAFTA… relationship with Canada and Mexico and 21 st century world trade, threat of China, role of WTO, etc.
Weekly Seminars – students will lead Presentations and discussions. Each week 2/3 students will be asked to “run the show” and topics are based upon pre-agreed subject areas. Marks are awarded individually. Popular with students.
Why choose North American Business and Politics?
Learn about contemporary American government, entrepreneurial capitalism, business, culture and politics – thus gaining an understanding of the country’s sensitivity to its historical roots. How does USA interact with Canada and Mexico, etc?
Understand the role of the USA as “global leader” in international business and its pivotal role in NAFTA.
Analyse the complex interaction between US business affairs and American foreign policy.