POLT06005 2021 Irish Business Environment
This is an introduction to the Irish business environment and the nature of the relationship between politics, business and society in 21st century Ireland. What responsibility has business to society and vice-versa? Do right or left wing governments impact business and society differently?Key approaches / models to examining business and society will be outlined. The 'connections' and 'tensions' between politics, business and society will be appraised via case- study which will feature themes of governance, regulation and justice, partnership and participation in Contemporary Ireland Active learning is via group work, debate and observing and analysing Year 2 and 3 simulation. Current issues will feature prominently to encourage engagement with present day problems.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Describe the nature and characteristics of the Irish business environment using the PESTELE framework
Identify key approaches to business and society along the political spectrum
Give practical examples of connections and tensions that arise between business and poltics in Irish society that impacts the daily lives of the learners of this module.
Engage in discussion on how competing interests and values emerge and their subsequent impact on the political and business environment:
Source and interpret information relevant to the syllabus content
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lectures will be used to cover the analysis of characteristics of the Irish business environment and the models outlined above.
DEBATE/ Simulation Business Meeting: Tutorial will allow students to prepare and participate in a debate on issues linked to the case- study.
OBSERVER - at year 2 Simulation meeting, students will do this as part of 'formative' assessment
SHORT Quizzes via VLE - Moodle
Module Assessment Strategies
DEBATE linked to CASE-STUDY in small groups to give student maximum time for learning and understanding
Attendance at Year 2/3 SIMULATION meeting; Short Quizzes; FINAL Examination: Multiple-choice and long essay question
Written Assignment/Report and EXAM
Describe the nature and characteristic of the Irish Business Environment (LO1)
Examine political, economic, social, technological, ethical, legal and environmental to appraise the macro-environmental factors that have a profound impact on the performance of business.
Identify key approaches to business and society along the political spectrum (LO2)
Introduction to Approaches to examining Business and Society along the Left-Right Spectrum
Market Capitalism along the Left-Right spectrum
Give practical examples of connections and tensions that arise between business and politics in Irish society that impacts the daily lives of the learners of this module (LO3)
CASE-STUDY - link the approaches above around a theme of one of the following: Governance, Regulation, Social Justice and Participation
Engage in discussion on how competing interests and values emerge and their subsequent impact on the political and business environment (LO4, LO5)
DEBATE: Interests and concerns in contemporary Ireland - topical matters and the intersection of politics, business and society - e.g. environmental regulation, social movements, the 'triple bottom line'; minimum wage/living wage. The 'debate' weaves the key topics in this syllabus together.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Short Multiple-Choice Quiz via Moodle||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||20 %||Week 6||1,2,3|
|2||Debate||Project||Assignment||30 %||Week 9||1,2,3,4,5|
End of Semester / Year Assessment
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Final Exam||Final Exam||Closed Book Exam||50 %||End of Semester||1,2,3,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Group Learning||Flat Classroom||Group Work||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Independent Learning||4||Weekly||4.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
20/10/2020 Irish Business & Society Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century Gill Education
2011 Business, Government, and Society Asia Higher Education Business & Economics Management and Organization
ISBN 1259009459 ISBN-13 9781259009457
The thirteenth edition of Business, Government and Society by John F. Steiner and George A. Steiner continues a long effort to tell the story of how forces in business, government, and society shape our world. In addition, an emphasis on management issues and processes allows students to apply the principles they learn to real-world situations.
2012-06-15 Irish Governance in Crisis Manchester University Press
ISBN 0719082234 ISBN-13 9780719082238
Ireland's international reputation changed rapidly from global success story to European problem-case. How did this happen? What are the implications for our view of good governance? This book argues that there is a crisis in the way the Irish state is structured and in the manner in which it relates to the main organized interests in the society. Through a set of linked policy studies, it shows how sectional benefits can be prioritized where public interest considerations are weakly articulated and debated. Policy choices may entail unintended perverse consequences that, once embedded, can be difficult to alter. The book traces these weaknesses to the dominance of parties, the permeability of the political system to sectional interests, and the weakness of democratic accountability. A powerful concluding chapter sets out an agenda for future research on institutional design and political reform. This book sets out a compelling argument that institutional design matters, especially in an increasingly global and interdependent world.
2020 Business and Society
ISBN 1260043665 ISBN-13 9781260043662
, H., , D., , O., (2020). Irish Business & Society Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century. 1st Edition. Gill Education.
Hogan, Donnelly, O'Rourke 20/10/2020 Irish Business & Society Governing, Participating & Transforming in the 21st Century Gill Education
Van Perijs, P (2004) Basic Income: A Simple and Powerful Ideas for the Twenty-First Century. Politics and Society, 32, 1, p.7- 39.
Social Science and Medicine ( how are frames generated? Insights from the industry lobby against the sugar tax in Ireland By Campbell, Norah; Mialon, Melissa; Reilly, Kathryn; Browne, Sarah; Finucane, Francis M.. In Social Science & Medicine. November 2020 264 Language: English. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113215, Database: ScienceDirect
Irish Government and Departments - www.gov.ie
The Economic and Research Institute - www.esri.ie
The National Economic and Social Council - www.nesc.ie
IBEC - https://www.ibec.ie/
Stop Climate Chaos - https://www.stopclimatechaos.ie/
European Union - www.europa.eu
UNWCED, United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) Our Common Future (The Brundtland Report), Oxford:Oxford University Press