|The Global Foundations and Values seminar is a course limited to twenty-five students who are seriously interested in deepening their understanding of the political, cultural, and economic systems that underpin our modern global business environment.
This is not a technical, or numbers-intensive course. It is a seminar focused on reading and understanding seminal texts and creatively exploring regions of the world through the centuries. By connecting the past to the present, culture to business, and politics to economics, students will gain important conceptual tools and frameworks for understanding global situations that will become increasingly valuable as they transition into positions with greater responsibility across countries or regions.
As such, this is a strategy course in the true sense of the word: it allows students to place and understand the relevance of business tactics (i.e. the array of technical skills learned at business school) within the incredibly complex framework of a diverse global environment.
The seminar is separated into modules covering macro-regions of the world such as the West, the Latin World, Greater Russia, and the Sino-sphere. Students will first read key historical, intellectual, and political texts for each area in order to get a more profound understanding of the cultures and backgrounds of those regions. They will continue by exploring linkages with the contemporary economic and business environments of each region. Each module will feature an outside speaker, who will discuss firsthand experience doing business in each region.
This course is co-taught and facilitated by Chicago Booth’s Harry Davis and Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Professor of Classics in the Department of Classics, University of Chicago.