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2013/2014  BA-3BPS  Business, Politics and Society

English Title
Business, Politics and Society

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Benedikte Brincker - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 14-08-2013
Learning objectives
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • account for the central assumptions and anlyses in the texts of the curriculum
  • within the framework of the curriculum, identify and argue for the most essential differences and similarities in the interaction between companies/organisations, politics and society
  • identity strenghts and weaknesses in the approaches applied during the course in the analysis of the impact that institutional conditions have on the activities of organisations in different contexts
  • on the basis of the texts of the curriculum, identify, describe, and analyse a current problem which exemplifies the interaction between business, politics and society
Course prerequisites
The courses 3BPS Business, Politics and Society and 3ME Manegerial Economics 2 have one intergrated exam. The exam is 15 ECTS. You can only participate in 3BPS Business, Politics and Society if you also register for the course: 3ME Manegerial Economics 2.
Integrated examination on organisations and their societal and economic contexts:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
•The make-up examination for a student who has submitted a complete exam portfolio but not participated in the oral examination – due to illness – will be based on the exam portfolio already submitted.
•A student who fails the regular examination due to the quality of the exam portfolio should submit a revised exam portfolio.
Description of the exam procedure
The two courses ‘Managerial Economics II’ and ‘Business, Politics and Society’ are assessed at the 3rd semester integrated and interdisciplinary oral portfolio examination.
  • The oral examination is based on the 3rd semester exam portfolio, which consists of three papers: the two papers in the 3rd semester work portfolio plus an individual interdisciplinary exam paper of max. 5 standard pages.
  • The work portfolio consists of one individual assignment of max. 5 standard pages from each of the two courses; these two assignments are compulsory and must be approved, cf. section 5(1).
  • The oral examination is an individual examination of 25 minutes, including the examiners’ discussion and awarding of the grade. The student will be awarded one grade according to the 7-point grading scale, reflecting an overall assessment of the assignments in the exam portfolio and the performance at the oral examination.
  • The examination is internal, and assessment is carried out by two internal examiners; one from each of the two courses.

Learning objectives for the exam:
At the oral examination, the student should, on the basis of the papers in the 3rd semester exam portfolio, demonstrate ability to relate to each other the courses ‘Managerial Economics II’ and ‘Business, Politics and Society’ and their learning objectives.

Specifically, the student should demonstrate that (s)he:

  • has achieved the learning objectives for the courses ‘Managerial Economics II’ and ‘Business, Politics and Society’ (see below),
  • is able to think across the courses and reflect about similarities and differences between the academic disciplines that the courses build upon, and
  • is reflective about his/her learning process in the two courses, as mirrored in the exam portfolio.
Course content and structure
Aim of the course:
The aim of this course is to provide the student with theoretical and empirical knowledge about the interaction between business, politics ands society in different societal contexts, including various sectors in soceity and different national and regional settings.

Description of the course:
This course provides a theoretical framework that involves two elements that are vital for any kind of analytical work: conceptualisations and contextualisations. Throughout the course, you'll be introduced to different understandings and foundations of trust, authority and cooperation. The teaching will be based in the perspective that concepts have to be analysed in context. Hence, companies and organizations have to be considered in their institutional context if we wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the conditions under which they work.

The course is divided into four clusters. the logic of these clusters is that the first cluster introduces the conceptual framework and gradually as we move through the clusters, the concepts are contextualised giving rise to increasing analytical complexity.
Teaching methods
Students will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods: old-school lectures, group work, student presentations and debating. Students are required to participate actively throughout the course.
Last updated on 14-08-2013