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2014/2015  BA-BASPO1013U  First year Project

English Title
First 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
  • Evis Sinani - 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 First Year Project is the first major group-based student research project in the ASP. It has two major aims. First, students must learn to work in groups to identify and solve a particular problem. Here they must learn to understand and handle those challenges and benefits inherent in problem-based project work. Second, students must apply and expand their academic knowledge about theories and methods for analysing society and culture.

The learning objectives of the First Year Project include research methods, a certain mastery over the substantive area, and organized analysis and writing.

The student must demonstrate the ability to:
  • Define the Project’s research issue or question
  • Present a general understanding of theories and methods relevant for the project
  • Have the ability to select and apply theories and methods systematically and coherently when dealing with specific research issues
  • Structure a plan and present research material in a clear and accessible way both in terms of language and content
First 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
Please note that the oral exam is carried out as a group exam which means that all group members are present in the examination room at the same time. Each student is, however, evaluated individually, and receives an individual grade. The duration of the exam is 20 minutes per group member and will be adjusted according to the group size.
Size of written product Max. 40 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 second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The theme for the 1st year as well as the First Year Project is “Comparative Cultural and Social Analysis”. The First Year Project is designed to follow up on course instruction by providing participants the opportunity to work independently, and across disciplines, with those concepts and methods presented during the courses. The teaching during first year focuses primarily on the concepts and methods for analysing society and culture. Through this project, students will be challenged to go beyond mere recollection of facts, concepts, and theory; the project encourages development of a practical sensibility about the deployment of theory and method toward concrete research goals under constraints of time and other resource (praxis).

In Asian Societies from a Comparative Perspective (Sociology), students examine the relationship between the individual and society/culture, between actor and structure/system, with society itself analysed according to three categories: state, market and civil society. Society has been introduced as an economic system regulated by market mechanisms, certain economic structures and a set of politically economic institutions. The course presents concepts and theories for understanding and analysing various forms of “society and culture”. All courses deal with different socio-analytical and cultural themes under the common framework constituted by the concepts of state, market, civil society, communication and culture. From the content of the various courses, students can gather project ideas about political, economic, social and cultural problems – and in particular, problems that cut across such traditional categorisations.


  • Projects that focus on the relationship between industrial structure, growth and welfare and which, for example, include macro-economic elements from economics lectures and aspects of Japanese/Chinese welfare and on industrial, economic and social conditions from sociology lectures.
  • Projects that focus on the relations and co-operation between countries and which build on theories about nation, identity, culture and state, on the international component of economics and on a review of foreign policy issues in Japan/China, Denmark, or another country.
  • Projects on economic policy, using macroeconomic theory as a basis, could incorporate analyses of political-economic institutions in Japan/China, Denmark, or another country. The project would then view national structure and activities from a cultural perspective: which values are evident in the structure, and which concepts and values are expressed in their outward communication.
Teaching methods
Introductory lectures are given.
Student workload
Teaching 2 hours
Preparation 203 hours
Examination 1 hours
Further Information
Please see guidelines for First Year Project on E-campus.
Last updated on 17-08-2014