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Presentation of BSc BLC
In a globalised world, managers and specialist do not only need to understand economics and business administration; they also need to understand the world in which business is operating in: cultures and customs, politics and institutions. Therefore, you will learn about the international business environment in combination with cultural studies and language, focusing on specific regions in the world.
As the name of the programme indicates, BLC students need to be interested in all three areas; business, language and culture. This requires an understanding of several academic fields, but also a mindset allowing the student to feel comfortable, when navigating in these overlapping areas.
Courses and content
When culture meets business
The programme focuses on the intercultural aspects of internationalisation. You will learn about the role which cultural differences play in a business context and the challenges which managers and specialists meet when working in a global, multicultural and complex business world. BLC prepares you for tackling these challenges, by letting you work with and understand disciplines such as business administration and economics. These two disciplines focus on the internal environment of a business and on the external environment in the society. The two fields will give you knowledge on economy, strategy, statistics, corporate communication, managerial accounting and organization. BLC lets you combine this knowledge with academic language skills in English and your chosen language (Spanish, German or French).
Doing business in an international setting
At BLC you acquire skills enabling you to handle tasks in an international business environment which require cultural knowledge, an international mindset and business sense. In order to obtain these skills, you explore the language, culture and business setting of two language areas. The first area is the Anglo-Saxon including the United Kingdom and the United States. The second area is related to your chosen second language; German, French or Spanish. The area does not only contain Germany, France and Spain, but all countries in which the language is spoken, so parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America respectively. You will be presented with the economic, political, historical and cultural aspects of your two language areas and connect these to the business environment in the specific region.
The BSc BLC is primarily taught in English, but the courses related to your second language will be taught in German, French or Spanish and you will read academic texts, make oral presentations, have academic discussions and do written exercises, in the second language. Furthermore, you will attend pure language classes, focusing on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. This said it is important to understand that BLC is not a language programme as such. The language is a tool to gain more in-depth understanding of the region at hand. The best way to learn and understand another culture is through its language. This will provide you a useful tool for your further studies and career.
The BSc in Business, Language and Culture is a three-year bachelor programme, which is divided into 6 semesters. The fall semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January, and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.
The programme consists of a number of obligatory courses, some elective courses and ends with a bachelor project.
Options during the programme
On the fifth semester you have the option to go on exchange. You can choose to go to a CBS partner university in a region where your second language is spoken (German, Spanish or French). The language and area courses in your second foreign language are taught during the first four semesters, so you will already have a solid language and culture foundation when you go on exchange.
During your semester abroad, you will follow elective courses and specialise in one or more of the areas taught in the obligatory courses. Or you can choose new areas of study. These courses are primarily taught in the local language.
Oversigt over uddannelsen
The course is designed to integrate with parallel courses in British and American studies, and French, German and Spanish studies.
The course consists of 12 lectures that introduce students to globalisation debates as well as three workshops, each of them three days, in which the students will be trained in problem-oriented research within the subjects taught in the lectures. The course is roughly divided into three modules, following an introductory lecture which addresses key concepts from globalisation debates such as globalisation and localisation, proximity and distance, homogenisation and heterogenisation, and hybridisation:
• Cultural globalisation and media, focusing on different conceptions of globalisation, the transformation of identity and the role of traditional and new media.
• Political globalisation, highlighting the notion of territoriality, the shifting role of state and non-state actors, activism and transnational organising.
• Economic globalisation, focusing on changing forms of production, business practice and consumption.
Globalisation is a contested concept. It has been vividly discussed by economists, political scientists, sociologist, anthropologist and geographers and other academics since the 1990s, echoing classical problems and discussions in social theory. As concept, globalisation has also become popularised and is being used strategically by various social actors across the globe, including politicians, business, media and social activists operating in various regional, national and local settings.
Globalisation typically refers to profound transformations taking place within and across contemporary societies, challenging conventional distinctions between the public and private, the national and international, the global and local. It raises important questions about sameness and difference, that is, whether we a moving towards a more homogenous world or the opposite. It addresses shifts in the power of business and states, the rise of new technologies and changing patterns of economic production and consumption at the local, regional and global levels. Globalisation also relates to the construction of knowledge, identity, interaction and social bonds, including to the role of the media in changing our experience of proximity and distance. Globalisation can have very different expressions in different societal contexts. And, depending on the theoretical perspective and the moral position we choose to take, the causes and effects of globalisation can be understood, discussed and acted upon in very different ways.
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of globalisation studies. In particular, it provides a foundation for linking important concepts from globalisation debates to the area studies components of the BLC programme, as well as to the subjects taught in other courses, including individual and group projects. Part and parceling this, the course also provides students with basic methodological skills, such as developing a research question, with a specific view to conducting small-scale empirical investigations while drawing on basic concepts of the course.
- Discuss the implications of globalization as a context for business and organization.
- Define, discuss and compare the concepts in globalization studies, introduced in the course.
- On the basis of a journalistic text on a current issue, formulate a research problem, select readings from the course literature and apply them in an academic analysis.
- Distinguish between theoretical conception and empirical description.
Macroeconomics introduces students to economic issues and mainstream theories related to the entire national economy as well as the world economy. The course introduces the system of national income accounts and national statistics and its use in terms of measuring the overall material standard of living, price levels, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates, trade balance etc. Students will learn how to look at how these entities are determined in the short and medium run, and then look at the notion of interest rates and how they are controlled by the Central Bank.
Students will be asked to consider the situation where prices and wages are stable, how the result may cause overheating or recessions, and how fiscal policy (government expenditure and taxes) and monetary policy (Central Bank regulation of the interest rates) can be used to alleviate this situation. Another subject is the causes of unemployment and the phenomenon itself and how it relates to the movement of prices and wages, after which focus will shift to open economies where goods, people, and capital are traded with other countries, and how the nature of macroeconomic policy changes in an open economy.
- Explain basic macroeconomic terminology (e.g. “GDP”, "growth", "recession", "natural unemployment", "trade balance deficit", “exchange rates” etc.) in a comprehensive way.
- Describe and calculate how output, unemployment, interest rates and real wages are determined in the short and medium run
- Describe and calculate the equilibrium in the goods, financial and labor markets both in the short and medium run.
- Describe the role of interest rates, how it is created and controlled.
- Describe and explain the effects of fiscal and monetary policy within the main macroeconomic models (e.g. the IS/LM model, the IS/LM/PC model, etc.).
- Illustrate diagrammatically these models, perform policy experiments (like increasing government spending or changing the interest rates) and interpret verbally what happens when moving from one equilibrium to another.
Accounting and Financial Analysis
- Accounting and ethics
- Accounting as a form of communication
- Financial statements and Annual Reports
- Double-entry bookkeeping
- Cash basis and accrual basis of accounting
- Inventories and Cost of Goods Sold (limited)
- Cash, receivables and short term investments
- Fixed Assets (Tangible & Intangible)
- Current Liabilities, Present Value
- Shareholders’ Equity
- Cash Flow Statements
- Financial Statement Analysis
Students learn to develop their understanding of financial accounting via reference to the accounting practices and annual reports of various companies.
- Read, understand and examine the data in an annual report, hereunder the key components in the financial statement
- Fully comprehend the accounting equation and double entry-accounting
- Understand and be able to explain the difference between cash and accrual accounting
- Prepare financial statements from the source data based on accounting transactions
- Understand the critical role of ethics in providing decision useful accounting information
- Develop financial ratios for a company and analyze the information content of these measures to make sound business decisions
Organisation and Corporate Communication
The aim of this course is to provide students with:
- relevant theories, concepts and models within the field of organisational theory and organisational behavior,
- perspectives and models related to the design of organisational structures,
- theoretical and practical knowledge about how organisations communicate internally and with the external environment, and how they organise themselves in order to communicate more effectively (as well as for other organisational purposes), and
- the ability to critically reflect on the theories, concepts and models and their relevance in describing, analysing and evaluating issues of organisation and corporate communication in relation to companies and organisations.
The course focuses on two main fields:
- Organisational theory
- Corporate communication
- account for key concepts, theories and perspectives in Organizational Behavior and Corporate Communication
- demonstrate the ability to use them in analyses of relevant business/organizational issues
- demonstrate the ability to discuss their interconnectedness and to critique assumptions underlying the course material as well as own assumptions
Electives / Exchange / Business Project (30 ECTS)
On the fifth semester you can take electives, make a business project or go on exchange in a French, German or Spanish speaking area.
This research project is one of the defining features of the educational experience offered by the Business, Language and Culture (BLC) Programme. Students have an opportunity to explore an issue of particular interest within an interdisciplinary social science, research-oriented, participatory educational framework. The theme of the Third Year BLC Research Project (the bachelor project) is organizations, international or (inter)cultural encounters. Accordingly, the project can deal with both competition and co-operative relations, and the chosen problem can be viewed from a social, company specific or actor-based angle. Nevertheless, the company/ organization must always be at the centre.
The Third Year Project must be based on Primary data, with supportive Secondary data. It is also required that the project draws on the business administration courses. It must incorporate an international perspective and be interdisciplinary, integrating insights from at least one of the following courses: Cultural Analysis, Organisation and Corporate Communication, British and American Studies, and French, German or Spanish Studies.
- Define a clear and consistent research issue or question.
- Specify, explain, and argue for the appropriateness of empirical sources and theories selected for the analysis of the research issue or question.
- Explain and evaluate the chosen method for the Project.
- When appropriate, identify and evaluate the variables of interest, and correctly identify their type, scale, and role in the Project.
- Describe and evaluate the primary and secondary data sources used.
- Evaluate the impact of their findings for the target organization according to appropriate social science method using selected theories.
Microeconomics constitutes much of the theoretical foundation for many management fields, including strategy, marketing, finance, and international business. This course provides an introduction to the methodology, perspective, analytical style, and main theoretical insights of economics as it applies to individual organizations, industries, and markets. Topics covered in the course include:
- Market supply, demand, and equilibrium,
- Elasticity of demand and supply,
- Rational choice and consumer theory
- Production and costs,
- Optimal producer and consumer choices,
- Competitive markets and monopolies,
- Oligopoly, game theory and strategic behavior
- Account for the method, paradigm, and core principles of economics.
- Apply basic analytical tools such as demand and supply curves, comparative statics, and elasticity calculation to show how you can calculate the effects of changes in market conditions or public policy on prices and quantities, the efficiency of production, and the distribution of benefits and costs among participants in the economic system.
- Describe and rationalize the essential prerequisites for microeconomic models such as models for supply and demand, incomplete competition. Graphically illustrate the contents of these models as well as perform simple analyzes.
- Algebraically solve simple economic issues such as Utility and profit maximization, supply demand, and algebraically determine equilibrium values of economic variables such as Price, quantity and profit.
- Account for alternative industry structures (monopoly, competition, etc.), the conditions that can give rise to them, their implication for welfare and efficiency, and the scope for public policy to regulate them.
- Explain at a basic level the concepts, tools, and insights from selected areas from “modern” microeconomics – e.g. game theory–and analyze how they manifest in real-world situations.
Interdisciplinary Research Methods
The Interdisciplinary Research Methods course is designed to introduce BLC students to research methods, the nature of their participation in social science research and reflection. The course is organised around lectures, group discussions and individual study. The course focuses on interdisciplinary problem-oriented knowledge production in project work.
The practical, reflective, and reflexive tasks of the contemporary Business School researcher as an individual aware of her or his own cognitional processes will be developed. Building upon this self-appropriation, the methods lectures will introduce and/or refine interview methods and skills and explore how different qualitative and quantitative methods approaches can be used to enhance research validity and reliability. Key aspects of the philosophy of science will be covered insofar as these result in more proficient, reflective, and reflexively aware organizational researchers.
- Describe different research approaches and philosophies of science.
- Select and apply concepts, theories and other analytical tools of the course to research situations.
- Design appropriate data collection plans to address particular research issues.
- Explain and justify data collection plans to address particular research issues.
- Formulate a clear and well-structured argumentation for the research design.
International Economics and Competitiveness
International economics is largely about international trade, but it is also about investing abroad and entering a foreign market and thus becoming international and competitive in the world market. We will tackle both of these aspects in this course. For instance, we will discuss the classical and modern theories of trade that explain the dynamics of international trade at the industry level. However, we will also discuss why sometimes investing abroad is better than trading. In this respect we will debate why some firms across different industries will prefer the strategy of going international and enter a foreign market.
An important aspect of whether you trade or enter a foreign market is competitiveness. Consequently, competitiveness will be discussed as a comparative concept of the ability and the performance of firms within an industry or a country to sell and supply goods in a given market (based on the trade models). However, we will also tackle competitiveness in terms of firm resources and growth opportunities and how these resources influence the dynamics of competition and thus competiveness in the market.
- identify and apply the relevant theories and models to a given issue.
- define and discuss key concepts in the analysis/discussion of the relevant theories and models.
- discuss and critically reflect on the strength and the weaknesses of relevant theories and models applied to a given issue.
- present and explain supporting arguments in the analysis of a given issue.
This is an introductory course in finance focusing on corporate applications in the
international environment. It covers the basic theories of interest rates, valuation of
streams of cash flows, pricing of risk, and it addresses the practical implications for capital
structure, project valuation, financing, and risk management.
More specifically, the course contains a basic introduction to topics such as:
- the main characteristics of corporations,
- the relationship between accounting information and the information analysed in
- interest rates and the time value of money,
- the valuation of bonds and stocks,
- the investment decision,
- the financing decision including capital structure theory and the cost of capital,
- payout policy,
- international financial management and capital budgeting
- financial and real options
- risk management.
- Identify, explain, discuss and apply the core concepts, models and methods
- Calculate, interpret and compare financial statistics, prices, returns and costs
- Elaborate, present and discuss solutions for financial decision problems
Today’s BLC graduates are likely to be employed in multicultural organisations in Denmark and/or abroad. The ability to work effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds is therefore increasingly crucial, both when in a foreign environment, and when ‘at home’. Awareness of one’s own cultural situatedness and assumptions, and those of one’s organization and work context, are important elements in enabling this.
“Cultural Analysis” is designed to foster and train these abilities. The aim of the course is to encourage critical reflexivity concerning students’ own cultural situatedness, and the ways in which they apprehend and negotiate difference both in a foreign context and at ‘home’. This is achieved in two ways in this course. During the first half of the course we will follow up on students’ experiences from their semester abroad in the lectures, using cases drawn from the ‘exchange log book’, an electronic media platform accessible only to the class and teacher, which students are required to post on during their exchange. We will use the posts as data and discuss them in the light of the course theories and concepts. Students will be introduced to different approaches to culture, identity and difference (e.g. functionalist, interpretive, post-modern). During the second part of the course, students will be introduced to theories and concepts that will enable them to carry out a cultural analysis of a familiar environment, e.g. a Danish organization or institution (such as CBS, a workplace, sports club or family context). Students will thus be expected to draw on the perspectives and concepts taught during the course in explaining and reflecting on their experiences both abroad and at home. The cultural analysis techniques students learn during the course are also intended to equip students with conceptual and methodological tools that they can deploy when writing their 3rd Year Project.
Guidelines for the exchange log book will be distributed at the end of the 4th semester before the students leave for their semester abroad.
- Define and compare the theories and perspectives on cultural difference presented in the course material and readings, and be able to evaluate their strengths and limitations for explaining a chosen cultural issue.
- Apply appropriate readings, theories and concepts taught during the course to analyse the assumptions and observations presented in the student exchange logbook or their experiences ‘at home’.
- Reflect critically on his/her own cultural assumptions and situatedness, with a point of departure in analysis of experiences with a familiar or unfamiliar culture.
British & American studies I
The course will give the students a chance to work with different types of texts relating to both the US and the UK within the fields of the state, civil society and the market. This implies looking at a number of issues that are of current interest in the two countries.
With respect to the UK, special emphasis will be given to the post war period’s Keynesian welfare state model’s transformation into a neoliberal model, and the ongoing discussions of how to modernize Britain’s systems of governance. This includes a critical look at the results and consequences of the financial and economic crisis in 2007/08 and its effects on discussions of ‘varieties of capitalism’. Another major theme is the ongoing discussion of multiculturalism in the UK. Finally, emphasis is placed on discussions of the nation state and British national identities, national culture and values, regionalism and subsidiarity vis-à-vis the European Union.
With respect to the US, the country’s size and federal construction provides the possibility of looking at how various cultures and subcultures encounter each other and interact. This will be looked at in relationship to the political system and its different components: federal and local government, interest groups, and the media. The course will also examine and analyze changes in American foreign policy at the end of the Cold War as well as reactions to September 11, and the ways in which the United States is both driven by, and drives the globalizing process.
As an integrated part of the course, there will be a focus on enhancing students’ oral and writing skills. This will be based on systematic work with English language and composition as well as introductory studies relating to the concept of framing and the field of discourse analysis. As part of this process, students will be required to make one or more presentations in class, participate in class discussions and to submit two voluntary essays.
The course broadly follows the thematic organization of the parallel CSC lecture series and draws on theories and concepts dealt with here. These conceptual approaches are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity. In addition, some of the basic theoretical premises will also relate to the courses in French, German and Spanish Studies.
- Describe, analyze and discuss basic political, economic and social affairs – systems, structures and mindsets - in the United States and the U. K. against the backdrop of the literature reviewed and the particular foci developed throughout the course.
- account for current issues of importance to these countries – political, economic, social, and cultural.
- relate these issues to the theories and conceptual frameworks presented and discussed in the course
- Language (The learning objectives for the language component of BAS 1 conforms to the requirements laid down in the Common European Framework for Languages (the Language Portfolio) at a minimum level C1):
- To employ grammatically correct language, including a specialist vocabulary consistent with the material being discussed.
- To present and discuss the above affairs and issues in a coherent, well-structured, academic English.
- To write texts which conform to generally accepted principles of academic composition, including consciousness of style and genre specific requirements.
1 Year Project
The 1st Year Project addresses the thematic framework for Year 1, cultural and societal analysis. Project groups select a problem they wish to study and define a research question, which will serve as a guideline for the project. Theoretical, empirical and methodological material from courses such as Globalisation Studies, Area Studies, British & American Studies and Microeconomics should form the mainstay of the project, but can be supplemented with additional material. The project must contain multidisciplinary and comparative elements.
- Reflect critically on the chosen research issue
- Account concisely and critically for the theoretical/analytical/empirical perspectives used in relation to the research question
- Specify the empirical sources and data used, and account for the choice of them
- Explain and critically reflect on the choice of theory
- Explain and evaluate the method of analysis
- Evaluate the Project’s achievements and limitations
British and American Studies II
This course provides students with some of the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for working in markets or organisations in the US and the UK that engage in cross-border activities in their respective regions: the Americas and Europe. The course focuses on the political economy of regional integration in the cases of the US and the UK, examining the development of policy coordination and regulation of trade, investment, the environment, the macroeconomy, and security issues in regional arenas, yet in the context of both regionalisation and globalisation processes. With reference to the respective roles and interests of the US and UK, competing models of regional integration are analysed.
For example, in the case of the US, regional co-operation in the form of NAFTA and a possible FTAA, as well as alternative or complementary bilateral arrangements, are criticised by some for a narrow approach to integration centred on free trade and investment. This contrasts with the EU, where supranational institutions are vested with powers to coordinate a range of economic, social and environmental policy areas. Yet the EU has suffered a series of crises in recent years, and now faces the prospect of a Brexit. The course thereby covers debates and tensions relating to the processes of deepening and widening integration in the Americas and Europe, and the possible reversal of these.
While the issues examined are mainly derived from the literature of international political economy, the course also relates secondarily to culture and identities as relevant to economic and political integration. Issues and debates are examined from multiple perspectives, such as those of business, labour, consumers and environmentalists. A critical approach is taken to the issues and concepts taught, with emphasis on how different texts relate to the systems of knowledge on which they base their arguments. Finally, the course has a strong emphasis on the accumulation of subject-specific concepts and vocabulary, as well as speaking and writing the English language accurately, fluently, and in a manner appropriate to discussing complex issues at a high level.
- Describe and analyse different trends and competing models of regional integration in Europe and the Americas.
- Identify and discuss the central issues and underlying assumptions of UK/US discourses on relations between, respectively, Britain and Europe and the US and Latin America.
- Critically relate trade theory or theories of regional integration to processes of regionalism and regionalisation.
- Explain policy positions on issues of regional integration in view of economic factors, institutional patterns, competing interests and ideologies.
- Develop an independent and lucid argument on topics within the content of the course, drawing upon a range of sources.
- Use a wide range of vocabulary, both general and specific to the subject matter.
- Use a wide range of grammatical structures correctly.
- Pronounce the language in a manner that facilitates communication.
- Present complex ideas in a coherent and cohesive manner,
- Employ linguistic styles appropriate to academic English,
- Communicate precisely and fluently on complex topics.
Quantitative Business Research
This course introduces you to basic quantitative skills in business analysis, including methods for presenting and characterizing quantitative data, making inferences from data based on the theory of probability and statistics, using data to assess relationships and effects, recognizing potential weaknesses or pitfalls in quantitative analysis, and using data for business decision making. The purpose of the course is to make you an educated user of quantitative methods by introducing you to the main theoretical concepts and issues, rather than giving you an extensive training in the underlying statistical theory. Topics include: data representation and summary measures; exploratory data analysis, data collection and basic experimental design; probability theory and distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, significance tests, contingency tables and Bayesian inference, analysis of proportions, and single and multivariate regression analysis.
Integration: The course provides the essential skills required for quantitative business analysis, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and critical skills rather than on the practicalities of data collection. The latter is introduced in the context of the first-year project, where students get a first opportunity to use the techniques in realistic settings. The emphasis in the course on the tools of quantitative analysis is complemented by the 2nd semester course Interdisciplinary Research Methods, which focuses on the philosophical underpinnings underlying statistical approaches, notions of construct validity, questionnaire design, and other broader methodological issues.
- Identify different types of quantitative data and explain basic methods of data collection and experimental design
- Use and critically evaluate the use of graphics, tables, and summary measures to illustrate relationships in data, appropriate for the purpose at hand,
- Use elementary theory of probability and distributions to calculate sample distributions and the probabilities of alternative outcomes and make basic statistical inferences (tests) about population characteristics from samples,
- Use and interpret the output of methods to statistically analyze associations, such as contingency tables and single and multiple regression and recognize common problems and limitations in such methods,
- When faced with a specific research question and available data, select one or more appropriate statistical methods to address the question,
- develop a structured and disciplined approach to statistical analysis,
- critically evaluate the results.
The Corporation in Society: Managing Beyond Markets
Today’s business environment has powerfully reinforced the centrality of responsible business practices. Especially when looking at the many governance gaps that persist in the global economy and the inability of transnational political actors to address them, reflections about the responsibility of corporations for social and environmental problems seem inevitable.
This course explores the changing role of business in global society by looking at how firms increasingly interact with actors in the non-market environment, including, but not limited to: governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social movements, and international organizations. We will make extensive use of the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is critically reflected upon and compared with other concepts such as corporate accountability, corporate citizenship, and stakeholder management. The main aim of the course is to enable students to understand how businesses are affected by and affect many of today’s societal challenges, such as: corruption, climate change, poverty, and human rights.
The course starts with a theoretically grounded introduction of the debate around CSR and related concepts. This introduction frames the overall debate and familiarizes students with key terminology. Next, students will apply these theoretical insights to discuss corporations’ responsibilities with regard to selected issue areas (e.g. labor rights in global supply chains). Finally, students learn about how and why business firms increasingly interact with governmental and non-governmental actors (e.g. via public-private partnerships).
- Describe, classify, criticize, structure, and combine the concepts, theories and methods related to the broader debate around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Describe and analyze the main contemporary challenges for business organizations vis-à-vis their different stakeholders, including the impact they have on their stakeholders.
- Understand how social and environmental issues create problems and opportunities for corporations, and how these issues can be addressed by different corporate functions.
- Understand how businesses interact with relevant actors in the non-market environment, including, but not limited to: governments, non-governmental organizations, business associations, and international organizations.
- Be able to apply the concepts, theories, and frameworks discussed in class to concrete cases and examples.
Spanish, German or French Studies I (7,5 ECTS)
The course is built up around two dimensions – content and language.
The content dimension provides a general introduction to the modern Spanish-, German-, or French-speaking areas from a historical perspective. It also presents basic knowledge of politics, economics and culture in the students’ chosen region. The course broadly follows the thematic organisation of the parallel Globalisation Studies lecture series and draws on the addressed theories and concepts. These conceptual approaches are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, and enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity.
Topics dealt with include: geographical and regional diversity, the historical links between Spain and Spanish America from colonisation to independence, the formation of the modern state as well as reflections on the changing role of key social institutions that are adapting to modern society, e.g. the family, political and civil society organisations. The course will also introduce basic concepts important to understanding sociopolitical and cultural development in the two regions, including: authoritarianism, political transition, democratisation and cultural identity.
Topics dealt with include: regional diversity, the formation of the modern German state, the political and economic development after 1945 and after 1990 as well as reflections on the changing role of key social institutions that are adapting to modern society such as political parties, civil society organisations, the media, education and the family. The course will also introduce basic concepts important to understanding sociopolitical and cultural development in Germany, including: federalism, economic organisation, political and cultural identity with reflections on demography, migration and integration.
The course presents a basic historical and geographical introduction to French-speaking areas with a view to illustrating the diversity and commonalities of societies sharing a common use of French in the global world of today. The 1st part of the course presents factual information on French-speaking countries as well as their cooperation within Europe and the Francophonie; while the 2nd part of the course explores cases illustrating interactions between the global and local contexts as they are expressed in selected Francophone countries. What links these cases is that they either exemplify how societal contexts contribute in shaping local understandings of global developments or how global developments and debate influence local understandings and developments.
The language dimension is aimed at improving the students’ basic grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency as well as and their reading and oral comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on learning and exercising phrases needed in order to make presentations and participate in class discussions.
* Identify factual information about their chosen language area taught during the course,
* Identify rules governing grammar in their chosen language
Spanish, German or French Studies II (7,5 ECTS)
The 2nd semester of Spanish, German or French studies is built up around two dimensions – content and language.
The course builds on the themes presented in the first semester course Globalisation Studies. The themes are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, and enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity
The 2nd semester of Spanish Studies builds on the knowledge acquired during the first semester, with a particular focus on culture and communication in Spain and Spanish America. Course topics include: culture in its national, regional and local expressions, the culture ‘industry’, and the role played by ICTs and the information society in cultural and political modernisation processes and governance.
The content dimension builds upon knowledge and understanding acquired in the 1st semester with a view to further exploring the interaction between the global and local contexts in German-speaking parts of the world. In the second semester, focus is on exploring, in a comparative perspective, some of the key institutions, moments and figures that can illuminate our understanding of how a particular context encounters globalization. Successive backward views in history will be introduced with a view to better comprehend present taken-for-granted values and practices. Topics include state and nation formation; political and economic institutions; the social system, culture in its national, regional and local expressions and the relationship between economic institutions and actors, and their implications for competitiveness.
The content dimension builds upon knowledge and understanding acquired in the 1st semester with a view to further exploring the interaction between the global and local contexts in French-speaking parts of the world. In the second semester, focus is on exploring, in a comparative perspective, some of the key institutions, moments and figures that can illuminate our understanding of how a particular context encounters globalisation. Successive backward views in history will be introduced with a view to better comprehend present taken-for-granted values and practices as well as cooperation and conflicts betweenselected Francophone parts of the world.Topics include state and nation formation; colonialism, political, economic and educational institutions; social security and religion.
The language dimension is aimed at improving the students’ grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency as well as their listening and comprehension skills. Emphasis will also be placed on learning and exercising phrases needed in order to make presentations and participate in class discussions.
* present a well-structured summary of text excerpts and establish links between the topics and concepts raised in the text and the region-specific political, economic and social features introduced in the course literature of the 1st and 2nd semester, and
* identify and describe key institutions, moments and figures in the regions studied.
* communicate in sufficiently coherent Spanish, German or French so that the responses are intelligible, using appropriate Spanish, German or French vocabulary, and
* speak in grammatically accurate and well-pronounced Spanish, German or French, that is, avoiding major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students should be able to show some degree of linguistic awareness by beginning to correct their errors in the exam situation.
Spanish, German or French Studies III (7,5 ECTS)
The course is built up around two dimensions: content and language.
Spanish/Spanish American Studies focuses on contemporary economic development in Spain and Spanish America, and explores how these two regions are performing in terms of international and regional competitiveness, as well as the changing role of the private sector. Module One addresses Spain’s contemporary economic development and international competitiveness. Key topics include: SMEs, e-business, I+D and technological development, and key sectors such as tourism. Module Two addresses Latin America’s contemporary economic development and international competitiveness, with specific topics including: the role of multinationals, industrial clusters, SMEs and family businesses, and the role of business as an increasingly important political force in the region. We will also look at the implications of human development for economic development in both regions.Emphasis in the language classes will be on improving students’ grammar, communicative competence and fluency in Spanish in preparation for their semester abroad.
The overall aim of these courses is to deepen the students’ knowledge of the economic, political and socio-cultural context in German-speaking parts of the world, and to strengthen their communicative skills in their chosen language. The specific aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of globalisation, internationalisation and europeanisation processes and their manifestations in and impact upon national and regional contexts. The course focuses on the role of German-speaking countries in Europe.
The overall aim is to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of economic institutions, organisations, actors in selected German parts of the world and to strengthen their communicative skills. The specific aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of the relationship between economic institutions and actors, and their implications for competitiveness.
The overall aim of these courses is to deepen the students’ knowledge of the economic, political and socio-cultural context in French-speaking parts of the world, and to strengthen their communicative skills in their chosen language. The specific aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of globalisation and internationalisation processes and their manifestations in and impact upon national and regional contexts.
The overall aim is to deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of economic institutions, organisations, actors in selected Francophone parts of the world and to strengthen their communicative skills. The specific aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of the relationship between economic institutions and actors, and their implications for competitiveness.
Topics include key sectors, public-private division, business cultures, management educations and fashions and CSR in selected French speaking countries. What links these cases is that they illustrate different conceptions of how to do business and of the role of business in society.
The language dimension is aimed at improving students’ grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency; and their reading and oral comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on how to write short papers of the type that the two oral exams will be based on.
At the end of the course the students should be able:
* To identify a relevant topic based on the themes and concepts in the curriculum, and to construct links between their chosen topic and the other concepts and themes learned.
* To show a clear understanding of economic institutions and actors in the regions studied, and their implications for competitiveness based on the concepts and themes in the curriculum.
* To present the exam topic in Spanish, German or French using an appropriate vocabulary;
* To explain and discuss viewpoints on the chosen topic giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;
* To comprehend the questions posed during the examination and communicate in coherent Spanish, German or French so that their responses flow and are intelligible;
* To interact with a degree and fluency and spontaneity;
* To speak grammatically correct and well-pronounced Spanish, German or French that is, avoiding major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students should be able to show their linguistic awareness by correcting errors in the exam situation.
Spanish, German or French Studies IV (7,5 ECTS)
The overall aim of these courses is to deepen the students’ knowledge of the economic, political and socio-cultural context in French-, German- and Spanish-speaking parts of the world, and to strengthen their communicative skills in their chosen language.
At the end of the course the students should be able:
- To present the exam topic in French/German/Spanish using an appropriate vocabulary and structure.
- To identify and discuss the main ideas of the chosen topic e.g. giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- To comprehend the questions posed during the examination and communicate in coherent French/German/Spanish so that their responses flow and are intelligible.
- To interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
- To speak grammatically correct and well-pronounced French/German/Spanish without major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students must be able to show their linguistic awareness by correcting errors in the exam situation.