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ERIC Number: EJ905005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Teaching International Business Law: A Liberal Arts Perspective
MacDonald, Diane B.; Ramaglia, Judith A.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v22 n1 p39-64 Sep 2004
Integrating the liberal arts perspective in the study of international commerce allows students to examine the human side of doing business outside the U.S. and stimulates the imagination by exploring the contributions made to business practices by other cultures. This approach is one way to enrich the student learning experience and to make the class itself more interesting. Such integration also adds appeal to those students who want to take a business class but are nonbusiness majors or business students who may not take other international business courses. This article explores specific ways to add a liberal arts perspective to teaching international business law. The authors hope it will stimulate thinking about other ways to enrich business classes with the liberal arts and enable business students to be better learners, better leaders, and better citizens of the world. The article begins with a brief description of the nature of an undergraduate course in international business law. It then provides current examples of the interplay between cultures and trade regulation. Subsequently, it describes the pedagogical benefits of a historical perspective, and includes suggestions for using either a conceptual approach to illustrating historical continuity or an approach based on following the development of specific industries. In each area it provides examples of integration and raises questions appropriate for class discussion. The final section offers an illustration of how to use case studies in international business as an interactive learning technique. This method requires students to develop critical thinking skills and practice communication skills. (Contains 70 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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