The planning for the current semester.

Vancouver Island University acknowledges and thanks the Coast Salish nations of the Snuneymuxw, Tla’Amin, Snaw-Naw-As and Cowichan for allowing us to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on the unceded and traditional territories of these nations.

with Professor Johan Latulippe
office hours: Wednesday 16:00 to 17:00 and Tuesday 14:00 to 16:00
Building: 250. Room: 447
Phone: (250) 753-3245
mail: johan.latulippe@viu.ca

Course Description

An introduction to the essential elements of international business. Topics include modes of entry, theories of international business, cross-cultural issues, the legal environment, trade theory, the multinational corporation, exchange rate effects, foreign direct investment, functional management, and operational concerns of business in the international arena.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of concepts and theories (including cultural, ethical perspectives and trade) that explain the nature and complexities of the context and practices of international business.

  • Demonstrate an applied knowledge of global business issues and communicate this through verbal discussion and in writing.

  • Gather information on global and international issues, critically analyse and evaluate this information and propose outcome scenarios and potential solutions to these issues.

Course Organization

Classes will be a mix of formal lectures and discussions. Students are encouraged to participate actively in these discussions, and should feel free to ask questions.


  • Charles W.L. Hill (2014), International Business, Competing in the Global Marketplace, 10th edition, Illinois: Irwin, McGraw-Hill


At the discretion of the instructor, extra marks will be awarded to students who participate in class discussion. 

English Standards  

Assignments are expected to be free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. Assignments containing such errors will be penalized (i.e. mark deductions) to the degree the assignment contains the errors. An “A” grade will not be awarded to any paper containing numerous spelling and grammatical errors.
Faculty of Management requires the APA style of referencing for academic papers. Resources for using APA are available from the VIU Writing Centre (Library, Room 474). You can find their hours of operation and access to online student resources (including tutorials and a printable Quick Guide): writing centre.


Students with documented disabilities requiring academic and/or exam accommodation should contact Disability Services in Building 200.

Grading Scale

Evaluation Percentage
Quizzes 30
Midterm 1 30
Midterm 2 30
Final 10
  • Quizzes Random and unpredictable
  • Test 1 10 October
    International Trade, Political Economy of Trade, Regional Economic Integration, Foreign Direct investment
  • Test 2 7 November
    International Monetary System I, International Monetary System II, Glocal Capital Market
  • Final 5 December
    Financial Management, Entry strategy

Course Schedule

We will cover as much of what follows as possible, but topics may be added or deleted depending upon time since we have to accommodate assessments. The tentative lecture and reading schedule for the thirteen weeks is as follows:

Please Note

  • The last day for penalty free withdrawal is Monday 29 October 2018.

  • Students should acquaint themselves with the University’s “Student Conduct Policy”.

  • Students should feel free to ask questions during lectures.

  • Students are responsible for all materials taught in class and readings assigned.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, giving and receiving information during any test or exam, using unauthorized sources of information during any test; plagiarizing; fabrication, cheating, and, misrepresenting the work of another person as your own, facilitation of academic misconduct, and under certain conditions, non-attendance. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You must reference your work and acknowledge sources with in-text citations and a complete list of references. This includes direct and indirect quotes, diagrams, charts, figures, pictures and written material. For group projects, the responsibility for academic integrity, which can result in academic misconduct and its resulting penalties, rests with each person in the group and sanctions would be borne by each member. No electronic dictionaries, cell phones or other electronic devices will be allowed in exams/tests/quizzes. Only the following approved calculators may be used in exams/tests/quizzes. Texas Instrument BAII Plus, BAII, BA35 Sharp EL-733A Hewlett Packard 10B No other materials will be allowed on the desktop apart from a pen/pencil unless specifically approved by the faculty member.

Grading Scheme

Percentage GPA
A+ 90-100 4.33
A 85-89 4.00
A- 80-84 3.67
B+ 76-79 3.33
B 72-75 3.00
B- 68-71 2.67
C+ 64-67 2.33
C 60-63 2.00
C- 55-59 1.67
F Below 50 0