BSNS201-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Business and Culture

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

In this course, students will reflect on their own participation in multiple cultural forms: ethnic, occupational, gendered, national, digital, global, temporal etc. They will hear from academics and practitioners about their experiences of culture and their advice on how to engage with cultures. Students will learn how to build connections with people in ways which respect cultural traditions and allow for reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships to develop in their future occupations and workplaces.

This course is about business and cultures. Culture can be seen as the assumptions and assessments we humans make about the world and the values and beliefs that guide or underpin them as we seek to create and maintain connections between people and with places. We think, write, talk and discuss culture in many different ways. For instance, occupational cultures help us make sense of the expectations people have of us in our roles as workers, organisational and business cultures are specific to particular entities, ethnic cultures can refer to groups of people who have common ancestry and history, and digital cultures create virtual meeting places for engagement. We can also envisage faith-based cultures, community cultures, national cultures and so on.  Of course, cultures can also change as people respond to, and proactively engage in, different ways of doing things.

In this course, students will reflect on their own participation in multiple cultural forms: ethnic, occupational, gendered, national, digital, global, temporal etc. They will hear from academics and practitioners about their experiences of culture and their advice on how to engage with cultures. A practical question that will help orient the course is, how can students build connections with people in ways which respect cultural traditions and allow for reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships to develop in their future occupations and workplaces? The course is underpinned by all aspects of culture (such as those discussed above), but the course content is mostly structured around how students can engage with local, national and international cultures as well as reflect on their own cultures. As such, the course asks students to consider how their multiple, varied and perhaps conflicting cultural perspectives are part of, similar to, and different from, those of mana whenua, Māori, tangata whenua, Aotearoa New Zealand, and international cultures. It looks at the role Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi has in contemporary workplaces and the relevance of that role for the students’ subject majors, as well as the political and regulatory influences on business and the economy.

Workload
The estimated workload breakdown for BSNS201 is:
Lectures 70
Tutorials 18
Tutorial Activities 15
Mid-term 21
Final Exam 26
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are:

    LO1.2.2 Students will be able to explain political and regulatory influences on the economy;
    LO1.2.3 Students will be able to describe the key elements and processes of the New Zealand legal system relevant to a business context;
    LO2.1.5 Students can work effectively in a team in order to reach a common goal;
    LO3.1.1 Students can explain the influences of their own culture and identity when engaging with another culture;
    LO 3.1.2 Students can explain the role of tangata whenua in society and in commerce and how te ao Māori (primarily perspectives, values and mana whenua) could be applied in their discipline, field of study or future work place, and the reasons for their incorporation.
    LO3.1.3 Students can explain how the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi underpin the management of resources in Aotearoa New Zealand.
    LO5.1.1 Students can identify, consider and debate perspectives, processes and impacts relating to globalisation and localisation in different contexts, drawing on theory and practice when considering issues in their discipline or field of study.
    LO5.1.2 Students can identify, consider and debate perspectives, processes and impacts relating to the culture and identity of multiple stakeholders, drawing on theory and practice when considering issues in their discipline or field of study.

    Graduate Attributes
    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
  • Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
  • Biculturally competent and confident
  • Globally aware

    Learning Objectives, BCom
  • Students have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
  • Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
  • Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
  • Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
  • Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

Any 60 points. RP: ACCT102, ECON104, MGMT100

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 E8 Lecture Theatre (23/2-30/3)
Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre (27/4-1/6)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 C3 Lecture Theatre (22/2-29/3)
Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre (3/5-31/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 529
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
02 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 E12
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
03 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 E12
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
05 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
06 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
07 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
08 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 101
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May
09 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 111
1 Mar - 7 Mar
15 Mar - 21 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 9 May
17 May - 23 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 18:30 - 21:30 Online Delivery
22 Mar - 28 Mar

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matt Scobie

Lecturers

Saman Hassibi and Anushia Inthiran

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial Activities 20% Tutorial Activities
Online Test 30% Online Test
Final Examination 50% Final Examination

Textbooks / Resources

Readings will be provided via the course Learn site.

Notes

Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/business/departments/. The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page https://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/course/view.php?id=7744
General Course and Examination Regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_enrolment_courses.shtml

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $3,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see UC Business School Office on the department and colleges page .

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