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Global Business Course Information

Living in Yucatán

 

MGMT 2000 - Global Business in Latin America
EBUS 600 - Global Business in Latin America

What: This is an intense course that requires students to travel and live in Latin America for at least a two week period.  Students are required to assess and understand geographic, environmental, economic, social-cultural, political, and legal factors that impact the business environment of Latin America.  The course includes 6 hours of formal classroom instruction at Millsaps College before departure for the region and an additional 38 hours of classroom instruction once in the region.  In addition to the classroom instruction the course provides experiential learning opportunities by requiring students to participate in fieldtrips that expose them to the history and culture of the region as well as to various leaders of business, industry, and government.

Students will begin their study in the region at the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural Reserve at Kiuic. This part of the program is designed to give students an understanding of the most basic forms of economic activity (subsistence farming, hunting, and logging) and in part to see the remnants of the colonial hacienda economic model. From there the program will move to the modern city of Merida where students will study the industrial development of that city. Finally, the program will go to the Playa Del Carmen / Cancun area where we will study the evolution of the tourist business and its impact on the country. This model allows students to see the development of an emerging modern economy one layer at a time.

This course is structured to allow business students and faculty members from one of several universities in the Yucatan to participate in classroom discussions and lectures, thus offering a unique learning opportunity for students and faculty from both institutions. The goal is to provide a cross-cultural experience in a team-taught, interdisciplinary seminar designed to explore issues in a comparative, collaborative framework.

Who: The course is open to students in good standing at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. The course is interdisciplinary and open to students of all majors.

When: The course is held during Christmas break, usually from mid-December until mid-January. The course earns 4 undergraduate semester hours or 3 graduate semester hours. Credits from the program are also easily transferred to most American colleges and universities.

Cost: The program cost is $3,800 and includes tuition, room, and transportation while in Mexico.  You are responsible for transportation to and from Mexico.

Contact:

Harvey Fiser
Associate Professor Business Law and Pre-Law Advisor
Else School of Management
Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.
(601) 974-1264
fiserhl@millsaps.edu

 

Course Details

 

Objectives

  • Study the language, customs, traditions, and beliefs of the people of Latin America
  • Analyze the influence of social institutions (family, church, etc.) on the business culture in Latin America.
  • Identify the region's natural resources, industries, imports, and exports.
  • Understand the geographic factors that influence business in Latin America.
  • Instill respect in students for the culture and environment of Latin America.
  • Learn about demographic trends in the region.
  • Describe the type of government and recent political developments that influence the economic and business environment in the country.
  • Understand the practical impact of NAFTA on all of the above.
  • Understand how the Mexican economy is evolving from a subsistence based economy into a more complex modern economy.

Resources

International Business (Sixth Edition)
Authors: Czinkota, Ronkainen, Moffet
Publisher: Southwestern
ISBN 0-03-035179-0

Global Studies: Latin America (Ninth Edition)
Author: Goodwin
Publisher: Dushkin/McGraw Hill
ISBN 0-07-236586-2

Writing Assignments

Upon returning to the U.S., each student will be required to write a reflection paper related to their experiences in this class. Graduate students who enroll in this course will be required, prior to departure to Mexico, to conduct research and prepare an extensive written report on one of the major topics to be studied. The graduate student will then be responsible for presenting the paper and leading class discussion on the issue. Performance on this assignment will be reflected in the student's writing and participation grade.

Homework Participation

Students are responsible for reading the assignments and preparing your initial response to the assigned homework before attending class. Students should be ready to ask or answer questions related to the assignment. I generally grade homework based on the effort, logic and familiarity with subject matter that it exhibits, rather than on absolute correctness.

Grade Determination

Exams (2): 20%
Writing assignment: 20%
Class and fieldtrip participation: 40%

Grades will be based on the following scale
93-100 = A
90-92 = A-
88-89 = B+
83-87 = B
80-82 = B-
78-79 = C+
73-77 = C
69-72 = C-
65-68 = D+
60-67 = D

Academic Honesty

All students are expected to uphold the Honor Code. Student compliance with the Honor Code should be indicated on all written assignments and quizzes by the inclusion of the word "Pledged" and a signature. Students will sign a formal pledge on examinations. All assignments including tests will require the following: PLEDGED (Signed).

Attendance Policy

Class attendance and preparation are mandatory and unexcused absences will not be tolerated.