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2013/2014  KAN-CBL_OMFR  Organizing and Managing in Regional Context – French Studies

English Title
Organizing and Managing in Regional Context – French Studies

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Mette Zølner - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 08-11-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • Explain how the institutional context in Francophone countries shapes business practices.
  • Explain and compare key changes and challenges for business in Francophone countries in Africa.
  • Formulate a relevant topic based on the themes and concepts in the curriculum, and develop links between their chosen topic and the other concepts and themes in the curriculum.
  • Students should be able to synthesise and reflect analytically upon the overall themes and concepts presented in the curriculum.
  • • The student should ensure that the discussion moves forward by elaborating upon the topics and concepts raised and actively relating them to other topics and concepts addressed during the course, without having to be prompted by the examiner.
  • Students should demonstrate that they are sufficiently at ease in the language to be able to respond fluently to the examiner’s questions, so that the examination flows as a dialogue.
  • Students should be able to present and discuss a given topic in French using an appropriate and rich vocabulary and academic terminology.
  • Students should speak grammatically correct and well-pronounced French, and be able to communicate in a coherent manner without committing grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that disturb communication.
  • Students are expected to show sufficient linguistic awareness to be able to correct any errors in the exam situation.
Course prerequisites
Students must have French language qualifications as well as general knowledge of France and French speaking societies on a level equivalent to the Bsc. BLC degree in Business, Language and Culture.
Managing and Organizing in Regional Context – French Studies:
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. 1 page
Assignment type Synopsis
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 May/June
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
The students will write a one page synopsis in French that serves as the launch pad for a discussion in French of the course literature. The examination will take 30 minutes (evaluation included). Students receive one grade that is determined by the content of his/her performance at the exam, and another that reflects his/her communicative skills in French.
Course content and structure
The course is concerned with the specific institutional settings that shape business in West African countries. The different texts illustrate both the contextual constraints and the entrepreneurial strategies, and confront them to the conception and implementation of policies. More specifically, the course presents the relation between governments, development aid organisations and the private sector as well as the commercial relationships between UE ad West African countries.
Teaching methods
A combination of lectures and student presentations, with focus on students’ abilities to analyze and conceptualize thematic and theoretical features against the backdrop of the course literature. Teaching and literature will be in French.When appropriate this course will use cases as a way to illustrate institutional characteristics and dynamics, and each semester will focus on thematic points of resonance that parallel those dealt with in the specialisations.
Expected literature
To be announced on Learn
Last updated on 08-11-2013