syllabus - Professor David Primo Harkness Hall 318...

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1 Professor David Primo Fall 2010, Tues. and Thurs. 12:30-1:45 Harkness Hall 318 Office Hours: Mon. 1:30-3:30 and by appt. [email protected] PSC 244K/W Politics and Markets: Innovation and the Global Business Environment Version 3: October 11, 2010 Course Description Innovation is a driving force behind the massive increases in wealth that occurred in the 20th century, and the globalization of business is causing changes in the world's economy that we are only beginning to understand. In this course, we will spend several weeks studying how entrepreneurship and innovation are affected by government rules and, in turn, how businesses try to shape those regulations. We will then spend several weeks studying business strategy in the global business environment, focusing on the role of regulations imposed by foreign governments and international organizations. Class meetings will be a mix of lecture and discussion, use real-world cases, and feature guest speakers. By the end of the course, you will have a stronger understanding of how businesses shape and are shaped by government policies. There are no prerequisites for this course, though some exposure to political science or economics is useful. Readings There is one required textbook for the course: Business and Its Environment, 6 th ed., by David P. Baron. Two copies of the textbook are on 2-hour reserve in Rush Rhees. Additional readings listed at the end of the syllabus are available on E-reserves in Blackboard; readings added later in the semester will also be placed on E- reserves. Course Requirements Exams There will be three closed-book exams in the course on October 12, November 9, and December 9. There is no final exam. Make-up exams are not given—exceptions are rarely granted. Case Analyses and Reading Questions You will be asked to analyze a case or answer reading questions for certain classes. Questions not in the Baron book will be made available in the Assignments section of Blackboard. In order to receive credit, answers should reflect careful thought. Assignments are due in class on the day the case or topic is discussed. Late assignments will not be accepted. 244W Students Only: Course Paper Following department guidelines for a W course, students enrolled in PSC 244W will be required to turn in a 12-15 page course paper (about 3,500 words) on a topic of their choice. The paper will be due on December 2. Detailed instructions are available on Blackboard. No late papers will be accepted. Grading Exams each count toward 30 percent of your grade. Case Analyses and Reading Questions collectively count toward 10 percent of your grade. You are required to turn in 5 analyses to receive full credit for this portion of your grade. If you turn in fewer than 5 assignments, your grade will be reduced proportionally. For instance, if you turn in only 4 assignments, you will receive 8 out of 10 points for this portion of your grade. 244W Students
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