Journal of Information Systems Education


The focus of this paper is on the development and implementation of a stand alone course in Internationallnformation Systems and Technology. Although this alternative means for internationalizing the Information Systems (IS) curriculum may not be appropriate for all business programs, it may prove to be a beneficial curriculum option for programs with specialized degrees in information systems. A model course outline is developed that identifies key themes and topic areas to be included in the course. This basic outline provides a structural foundation that allows for flexibility in planning and designing curriculum content. The paper discusses how this outline may be modified to fit the curriculum objectives and overall internationalization plan for varied business school programs. Implementation issues may play a significant role in the eventual success of new curriculum initiatives. The appropriateness of a stand alone international IS course as compared to other curriculum alternatives is discussed in the context of unique business school characteristics. Political, economic, and demographic factors will play a role in this decision making process. Innovative teaching alternatives that may have merit for a course of this nature and implications for course enhancements that may add educational value to the course such as an overseas field study component and relevant internships are discussed.



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