Diversity and Change Management
The study environment is one of the most international of all Master programmes at CBS. Students come from many different countries an in addition many students have different academic bachelor backgrounds. Around 40-50% of the students are from other countries around the world than Denmark.
Studying at BLC Diversity and Change Management concentration you will live your everyday life in a multi-cultural as well as multi-lingual environment. So, you will not only study cultures, diversity, complexity and languages academically, you will also experience on a day to day basis as you interact and talk with your fellow students and faculty members.
The students are generally very open-minded and supportive of each other. Academically there is also a supportive environment among the students to help each other academically and the intercultural environment offers great exposure to new ways of organising group work and solving problems. This will help prepare you for work in international, complex and diverse organisations.
What to consider
If you are interested in augmenting your skills in a 2nd foreign language, in learning more about different cultures and diversity, and to work in organisations that are affected by the globalisation and to meet people from all around the world, then the Diversity and Change Management concentration will fit you.
For some students the 2nd foreign language is a challenge. As part of the Diversity and Change Management concentration you study courses in area studies. These courses are taught in your 2nd foreign language and deal with business, cultures and societies in regions in which the language is spoken. It implies that you will read and discuss fairly complex academic texts in your 2nd foreign language.
Some of the courses in the Diversity and Change Management concentration are taught on a quarter bases. That means that you complete your course within two month and your studies of those subjects are highly concentrated. More, in two of the courses we work with a live case which means you need to actively work with the case and seek information about it. This demands a lot of work, but is also very rewarding in terms of learning outcomes. It requires group work which can be challenging but also rewarding.
Teaching in Diversity and Change Management has a strong focus on mixing theoretical learning and practice. The theories are applied in case discussions, live cases and mini-projects. Many of the professors are from others countries than Denmark, which emphasizes further the international study culture in this concentration.
At CBS each course is concluded with an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and May/June respectively.
The exam types in Diversity and Change Management are a mix of the exam types offered at CBS in general. This includes written exam, take home exams and oral exams. We also have group exams as well as individual exams.
Work, life, study balance
Diversity and change management is a full time programme, which requires a full work load. It is up to you to evaluate how much you are able to work alongside your studies. However some students have student jobs and others do not.
Studying in English
Before studying a programme taught in English you might want to consider the following:
- All literature, lectures, exams, projects and group work are in English
- Academic English differs from the English used in everyday language – so it might be a challenge even if you are used to speaking English in other situations.
- You may have to spend more time on reading and understanding the material in English
- You may find it challenging to express yourself with the same ease as you would in your mother tongue.
- Some will feel uncomfortable and shy when speaking English – especially when in a crowd or among native speakers.
Practice makes perfect
There is a big difference between reading and understanding texts and expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. This is a challenge for some students. Even if you are used to reading English texts on your bachelor programme, it is still a good idea to practice your English. Try to speak it on a regular basis, watch the news, movies and TV series in English. You should also read books and newspapers in English, as this will help you read faster and increase your vocabulary. A good command of English is essential for getting the maximum learning outcome of your programme.
The programme has an alumni group on Linkedin called BLC connect, which can be joined by bachelor and master students as well as alumni. The forum is used as a network opportunity and a discussion forum. It is also possible to post and share available internship and job positions. There is also a group on Facebook, which is used by students to share random information.
There are also a number of associations and organisations for students at CBS.