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NSLC Programs:
Business and Entrepreneurship,
Sports Management

NOTE: Students from the NSLC (Fordham site) programs of Business and Entrepreneurship and Sports Management will be in the same AU Credit class, which will focus on the impact of globalization on the common business issues they all face.

International Business and the Global Economy (1 or 2 credits)

Course Description: The arena in which international business is conducted, the global economy, is comprised of many different actors and subject to many influences outside of day-to-day business. This course seeks to introduce students to the historical circumstances and theoretical debates that spurred the contemporary nature of the global economy and pertinent actors. In addition, the course explores, through relevant case studies and contemporary controversies, the challenges of integration by examining financial markets, supply chains, consumption patterns, attempts at regional integration, cultural and social resistance to globalization as well as the current reality of historical differences across countries participating in the global economy. The objective of providing this conceptual, theoretical, historical background is to make future business students aware of the complexity in which international business is run today and to demonstrate how webs of global manufacturing, marketing, and consumption underpin today's urgent economic and political questions.

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Professor for Sessions at Yale University and Fordham University: Arunjana Das is pursuing her doctoral studies in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C. She is exploring the economic, strategic, and political implications of the nuclear modernization program being pursued by the United States. Arunjana has a bachelors of science (BSc) degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology--Delhi, and a masters degree in journalism and public affairs (economics track) from American University, Washington, D.C. (forthcoming in Spring 2015). During the summer semester of 2014, she was a visiting scholar at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY, and in Spring 2015, she was a contributing scholar to the World Bank-Georgetown University Development blog project. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and in smaller development-based non-governmental organizations in India. She has professional experience as a journalist and a strategic consultant in the fields of media, business, and entrepreneurship. She also enjoys volunteering in social justice projects through her church network and as an ESL (English as a Foreign language) teacher at the Washington English Center.

Professor for Sessions at Northwestern: Leah Gates is a doctoral candidate in international relations and adjunct instructor at American University's School of International Service. She has previously taught World Politics for first-year undergraduates, as well as a number of courses for NSLC, including International Business, Global Public Health, and Engineering: Sustainable Development and Design. During the academic year, she also advises undergraduates who are applying for competitive fellowships and grants. Her dissertation research analyzes the role of gender power structures in explaining organizational tolerance towards persistent forms of misconduct in U.S. military organizations. She is also active in research on teaching, including projects on using games in the classroom and the university experiences of LGBTQ students.

Professor for Sessions at the University of Washington: Ela Rossmiller is an advanced doctoral candidate at American University's School of International Service, where her research focuses on collective memories and reparations politics. Prior to pursuing a doctorate in international relations, she earned a master's degree in international education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Chicago. She studied abroad in Poland and France and traveled to China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In her spare time, she writes and reads poetry.

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