Current Global Events and Perspectives

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GBS 236

       Course Name: Current Global Events and Perspectives

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: GBS 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides an overview of current global economic, political and socio-cultural events and perspectives that affect global business. Using a variety of resources, students will analyze and discuss the impact of current events on global business activities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • Broaden their knowledge of current global issues and learn techniques for keeping current after the course is finished;
  • Be familiar with global trade and business resources, both governmental and private-sponsored;
  • Be able to access foreign-based news and perspectives Web sites, to balance their information inputs with the U.S. press and government outputs.
  • Understand  the practical, as well as theoretical implications of doing business in a world fragmented by the  great “isms” – capitalism, communism, socialism, totalitarianism and fundamentalism.
  • Demonstrate how their own unconscious cultural values and habits may contrast vividly with those of other cultures around the world.
  • Be able to discuss the importance of intercultural understanding and communications techniques in making friends and doing business effectively in international markets.
  • Illustrate and explain cultural taboos and accepted standards of communications/behavior in order to avoid the common pitfalls when doing business or traveling in foreign countries--or hosting international visitors here.
  • Comprehend and apply the basic meanings of "culture," including common stereotypes and misperceptions that tend to sabotage intercultural relations and business opportunities.
  • Understand the basic business and social protocols, customs and etiquettes of key countries or regions of the world most likely to be visited by Oakton College students/international business professionals.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

See attached course outline and assignments.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instruction techniques may include face-to-face meetings, on-line assignments and Testing Center examinations, as well as E-mail and telephone communications.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Students are expected to prepare for weekly online or face-to-face discussion in advance, according to the syllabus.
  2. Reading Assignments--see attached schedule
  3. Homework/Internet Assignments--research and/or written papers

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.


Internet access;

TBD: Basic textbook on “Today’s ISMs” or Critical Thinking

Recommended reading:

Intercultural Business Communication, 2nd Ed., Lillian H. Chaney and Jeanette S. Martin, Prentice Hall, 2000, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Do's and Taboos Around the World, (current edition), Edited by Roger Axtell; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The Cultural Dimension of International Business 3/e, Gary P. Ferraro; Prentice Hall, 1998, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Cross-Cultural Business Behavior, Richard R. Gesteland; Handelshojskolens Forlag:Copenhagen Business School Press, 1999,
(Excellent section on “International Negotiator Profiles.”)

Do’s and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business ; Axtell, Briggs, Corcoran, Lamb; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997.

Marketing Across Cultures; 2/e, Jean-Claude Usunier; Prentice Hall Europe, 1996.                    

Crosstalk: Communicating In a Multicultural Workplace; Sherron B. Kenton and Deborah Valentine; Prentice Hall, 1997, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation and final grade will be determined by:

Midterm assessment 30%
Comprehensive course assessment 40%
Weekly Media Notebook assignments 20%
Class and on-line forum participation 10%

XI.   Other Course Information

There are penalties for late or missing assignments. No “make-up” exams will be given—for any reason. However, special, written research assignments may be offered, at the instructor’s discretion, for partial credit, for missed exams, if students is students present verifiable excuses. All students should attend exams on campus or submit them on-time if on-line.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.