Global Business Institute Virtual Courses

Welcome to the Global Business Institute (GBI) Virtual Courses program. This six-week program offers international virutal academic courses and pre-professional development in a synchronous and asynchorouns environment. GBI prepares you for the busines world through course work that advances your degree and offers out-of-the classroom experiences that create cultural competence. Courses are taught by faculty based in Florence, London and Sydney.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • fulfill major elective course(s) and general elective course requirements.
  • develop your global competency skills through coursework and cultural experiences.
  • gain transferrable skills towards your professional and personal development 
What You'll Study: 

You can select to enroll in one, two or three courses for the summer term. Each course is three credits. All courses are for a letter grade and will be reflected on your Pitt transcript. If you intend to apply to particpate in the internship course, you must submit a separate application to the GBI Virtual Internship program 
Courses are taught in different time zones (Florence, London, and Sydney). Your Program Manager will notify you once the course dates and times are confirmed.

Global Health in a Post Covid-19 New World (ARTSCxxxx)

COVID-19 has been described as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ global emergency that has reverberated all aspects of global health practice. This course is designed to increase your awareness and appreciation for the deep and emerging ways in which individual countries and the global community has responded. We will examine the impact of the virus and its management on communications, communities, and health and development systems. Comparisons between the US, Australia, Italy and China will be made to directly relate learning to your local setting as well as contrasting responses internationally. This will be a Globally Networked Learning experience with experts drawn from Australia, Italy and China.

Key Issues in International Economics for Managers (BUSECN1508)

Fulfills a requirement for the CPIB/ Global Management major. 
The objective of this course is to examine theoretical analysis of international trade and commercial policy. Students will look at the pure theory of international trade as exemplified by comparative advantage and gains from trade in the classical and neoclassical models and explore alternative explanations of trade and development. The theory of customs unions and modern day explanations of preferential trading arrangements will be explored and some of the principal unresolved theoretical and practical problems of free trade will be examined.

International Marketing (BUSMKT1461)

Fulfills a marketing major elective for Pitt Business students.
This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, students develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available, and the management and control implications. The student will be encouraged to perceive the role of a global marketing manager, and to make decisions that could affect the outcome of a global marketing plan. This includes the international marketing environment and the international marketing mix, namely product, pricing, distribution and promotion, as well as emerging issues in international trade such as trading blocs, trade barriers, and the standardization versus customization dilemma.

Sports Marketing (BUSMKT1470)
Post-war Pop Culture in Britain (ENGLIT1760)

This course will look at some key theories of popular culture, and include case studies of selected examples from the British Isles since 1945. Popular culture versus subcultures will be examined. The main aim will be to enable students to think independently about this topic. The course will include study visits to galleries, museums and other sites as an important learning experience. This course aims to draw in the students' previous educational and life experiences of culture and history, including oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures and social and religious movements. It will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities and cross-influences.

People, Place, and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, NZ, and the Pacific (GEOL1314)

This course is offered only during the spring and summer terms.

This course explores the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia , New Zealand and the Pacific to illuminate the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to now. From the peopling of the Pacific to the challenge of climate change, this course is broad in its scope while concentrating selected issues such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to natural disasters and increasing urbanization. In so doing, the intersection of culture and nature is explored. The course is embedded in the environmental humanities , but uses the approaches of environmental history, as well as insights from the disciplines of science, politics, sociology and cultural studies.

Italian Renaissance Art History (HAA0302)

This course introduces students to painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence in the Renaissance. Beginning with the great projects of the Middle Ages that defined the religious and political centers of the city, attention focuses on major monuments of the Renaissance. Discussion will center on how works of art were made, their style, and how they communicate intellectual meaning. Sub-themes that intersect with the most recent research in the field of art history are interwoven into each class period. Topics for discussion include the cross-cultural fertilization of artistic ideas, how women, the poor, and children were depicted in Renaissance art, conflicting ideas regarding patronage, and how works of art construct religious, political, gender, and class identities. This course analyzes the interrelationship between people's creative achievements and their society. In other words, students must understand a work of art in the social, artistic, and historical context of medieval and renaissance Florence.

 

Child Development in a British Context (PSY1050)

This course investigates the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play are examined, with an emphasis on the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development.

Cross Cultural Psychology in Florence (PSY0186)

This course will explore the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on a specific country and its inhabitants: Italy. Aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology (as well as interdisciplinary elements from sociology, anthropology, biology and ecology) will be discussed, including: cultural influence on human behavior, attitudes, values, communication and societal organization. Special topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication are highlighted. Methodological issues of cross-cultural research will be reviewed, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a cross-cultural interview and be participant-observers of their own experience here in Italy. The city of Florence and its inhabitants become the classroom through various excursions and field work. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural origins in regards to behaviors, communication, attitudes and values, as well as their acculturation experiences while studying in Italy.

 

Syllabus:
Analyzing and Exploring the Global City -London (URBNST1410)

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the modern development of one of the world's most significant global cities in comparative context. It examines London's changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.

The University of Pittsburgh partners with the CAPA the Global Education Network for this program. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education Network has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet their goals for learning abroad. CAPA operates education centers in Global Cities and have developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for students and visiting faculty.

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Arielle Schweber

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

 

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Rick Moslen

I’m Rick, and I’m an International Programs Manager at Pitt Business. I have managed international programming, advised & taught international students, and helped others strengthen their cultural competancies for over seven years. My international interests began as an undergrad, and since then I’ve explored over 26 countries and have experienced everything from presenting on a panel at a music festival in Spain, to studying traditional dance music in Peru, to getting chased by monkeys in Malaysia (not recommended), to hiking to the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. Fun fact: I love turbulence on planes (it’s like getting rocked to sleep).

Feel free to contact me at rickmoslen@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-5476.

 

Schedule an appointment

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  • Log in to Handshake
  • Select Appointments > Schedule an Appointment
  • Select Pitt Business International Programs Advising as the Category
  • Select International Programs Advising - Pitt Business as the Appointment Type
  • Select a day, find my name and find time that works best for you!

Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!

Items Billed by Pitt 

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $2,328 (per 3-credit course) $2,528 (per 3-credit course)

 

Please note that there is a $350 non-refundable deposit when you commit to participate in the program (after acceptance). This is not an additional cost. The deposit you pay will be credited back to your summer bill.

You will NOT be able to drop this course(s) during the regular add/drop period.

 

Scholarhsips

Pitt Business students may apply for additional scholarships through the Pitt Business International Scholarship application. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same date as the program application deadline. For other scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the Pitt Study Abroad scholarship page. 

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for three to nine credits
  • Pre-program orientation
  • My Global City events
When You'll Go: 

The program dates are June 3 - July 17, 2021.

What Else You Need to Know: 

You must attend a Group Advising Meeting prior to submitting your applicaiton. Meetings can be found in Handshake as Group Advising Meetings.