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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2005

MES 380 • International Business Fellows Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39690 T
4:00 PM-8:00 PM
UTC 1.116

Course Description

The seminar will discuss events and forces affecting and shaping the world. Students from all graduateprograms at the University of Texas at Austin are invited. The Seminar will include lectures, readings and discussions on: (i) international economics, finance, andbusiness; (ii) international political and military affairs; and (iii) cultural, historical, and religious factors making up and dividing peoples and civilizations around the world. Integral to this study will be pursuit of the potential impact of demographic trends, disease and pandemics, energy needs, environmental concerns, financial crises and international financial architecture(s), human rights in an era of global politics andinternational business, military and security issues in response to terrorism and other threats, political alliances, resource allocation, and other issues intertwined with globalization and forces of change.Students will meet in weekly seminars with speakers from both within and outside the University to pursue these discussions. The purposes of the Seminar are: (i) to help further students understanding of the major cultures, economicstructures, and political systems that exist throughout the world, and of the demographic, environmental, religious, and social forces bringing change to those structures and systems; (ii) to assess how theinteraction of such cultures, forces, structures, and systems will shape the world in which our individual, corporate and national aspirations are pursued; and (iii) to further the process of analyzing, and grapplingwith, such issues in an inter-disciplinary context. More information may be obtained from the Center for International Business Education and Research(CIBER at 471-8031). Area studies students also may obtain further information from the director of their program.


Resources will include portions of textbooks, periodicals, and other publications and pieces on area studies,business, economics, ethics, finance, history, international affairs, philosophy, politics, and religion.


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