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BA (Honours) Business Studies: International development pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 has one compulsory 30-credit module, An introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B120,,1, in which you’ll investigate the question ‘What is a business?’ and develop your study skills while exploring the business functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance.

You will select one of our core 30-credit Level 1 options from a variety of subject areas. They include:

  • An introduction to retail management and marketing (B122)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B122,,1
  • Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,MU123,,1
  • Professional communication skills for business studies (LB160)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,LB160,,1
  • Working and learning: developing effective performance at work (BU130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,BU130,,1 or the version of this module specifically designed for people working in delivering public services – BUXS130
  • You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,DB123,,1.

To complete this stage you can also include up to 60 credits free choice from any OU Level 1 module.

Stage 2

Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order. 

Business functions in context (B203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B203,,1 focuses on the essential organisational functions of human resources; marketing; operations management; information management; and accounting and finance. You’ll examine their key practices, processes and thinking, and their contributions to organisations and their operations – with a strong emphasis on practice-based learning. 

International development: making sense of a changing world (TD223)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,TD223,,1 covers key areas that include: different models of development; shifting power in the international system; the relationship between poverty, inequality and livelihoods; the impact of conflict and insecurity; and the role of technology and the environment. This module also introduces you to the context of development, its contested nature, its links to global processes of economic and social change, and everyday choices and uncertainties.

Stage 3

Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory.

You’ll start with Making sense of strategy (B301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,B301,,1 which focuses on this fascinating world– from its origins and development as a subject to the controversies that dominate contemporary strategic debate. You’ll develop skills in clear thinking, independent enquiry and collaborative working as you analyse and apply the ideas and approaches that have done most to influence how strategy is conceived and carried out in today’s organisations.

The final  module, International relations: continuity and change in global politics (DD313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-5,module,DD313,,1, develops your ability to analyse and respond to some of the central problems of our day; and to understand longer trends of continuity and change in global politics, such as how the rise of China and other large developing countries is challenging the long dominance of the west.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. 


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Learning outcomes

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