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2014/2015  BA-BASPO1005U  Second year Project

English Title
Second year Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Xin Li - Department of International Economics and Management (INT)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
Last updated on 17-08-2014
Learning objectives
The aim of the Second Year Project is to further develop the student’s ability to analyse real-world problems relating to East Asia and global societies. The Project must be multidisciplinary, including the disciplines taught in 1st and 2nd year ASP, in as far as they are relevant to the subject chosen.

The Second Year Project must include both empirical data and appropriate theoretical and methodological tools for the analysis. Students are welcome to use Porter’s Diamond, Nolan’s Global Business Revolution, Dunning’s OLI model, functionalism, conflict theory or other theories to analyse the empirical question. They are encouraged to criticize, combine or compare theories. They are also welcome to put national industries or economies in the context of globalization. If the Project builds on the topic of the students’ report in Intercultural Communication & Organisation, the Project should present a definite development, in terms of theory and method, in relation to that report.

A good Project is one that demonstrates, first, a general grasp of the readings presented during the 1st and 2nd year within the academic fields relevant to the research issue, and second, an ability to apply theoretical concepts in a comparative empirical analysis. In addition to fulfilling all requirements in Project Manual, a good Project is driven by a specific research interest (an idea), which arouses curiosity.

Students must demonstrate:
  • Overall grasp of relevant theories and research methods,
  • Ability to select and apply theories and methodologies systematically and coherently when ad- dressing the specific problem
  • Ability to define and analyse a research question
  • Ability to structure a report and present an analysis in a clear readable form in terms of lan- guage, style and content
Second year Project:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Group exam, max. 5 students in the group
The written project is written in groups of max. 5 students, but the examination is individual.
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Regulations about the length of the Second Year Project:
5 students: 159,250 – 170,625 STU (app. 70-75 pages)
4 students: 136,500 – 147,875 STU (app. 60-65 pages)
3 Students: 113,750 – 125,125 STU (app. 50-55 pages)
2 students: 91,000 – 113,750 STU (app. 40-45 pages)
1 student: 68,250 – 79,625 STU (app. 30-35 pages)
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Whereas the First Year Project concerned East Asian culture and society, the Sesond Year Project focuses on the level of industries or economic sectors, by analysing the way in which societal conditions – economic, political and/or cultural – influence and are, in turn, influenced by, the competitive conditions of an industry. Students are free to decide which industry or trade sector will be the subject of study. The Second Year Project also involves a comparative element. A trade or industry sector in China or Japan must be compared with an equivalent non-Asian sector.

Teaching methods
Introductory lectures are given.
Student workload
Teaching 2 hours
Preparation 203 hours
Examination 1 hours
Further Information
Supervision is 5 hours pr. students in groups and 7 hours if writing alone.

A guideline for the Second Year Project is available on E-campus.
Last updated on 17-08-2014