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2015/2016  BA-BHAAV6020U  EU, the Internal Market and Business Strategy

English Title
EU, the Internal Market and Business Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter, Fourth Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Janine Leschke - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
  • Manuele Citi - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Political leadership and public management
  • Strategy
Last updated on 08-06-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: At the end of the course the student should thus be able to:
  • Understand and discuss the dynamics and consequences of European integration, the role of its institutions and the central role of the single market.
  • Identify the most important dimensions and rationales of EU policies
  • Evaluate the impact of EU policies on the business environment and elaborate possible strategies of adaptation for firms operating in Europe
  • Anlayze the regulation of European labour markets and corporate response to European integration
  • Identify and discuss the importance of the challenges facing the European Union's economy and the policies aimed at enhancing its competitiveness.
Course prerequisites
Basic knowledge of “business and society” issues and preferably European Union basics.
4 hour written sit-in exam:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn and Spring, Directly after the course finishes
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
The make-up/re-exam will be held as a 4 day home assignment. There is a strict maximum length of 10 pages. The re-take will be based on information from the lectures and the books that you have used during the course.
Course content and structure

In recent years the expansion and dynamics of the European market have created many opportunities for European companies. Moreover, the changing institutional and regulatory environment of the European Union (EU), and in particular the double wave of deregulation and supranational re-regulation, have had an increasing impact on European business, creating new opportunities as well as new threats and challenges. National and multi-national companies have therefore progressively learned the importance of monitoring the changes in EU primary and secondary legislation, evaluating the impact on their business and dynamically adapting the company’s strategy to the new conditions. The aim of the course is to present an overview of the EU decision making system as well as the most business-relevant EU policies. It is the ambition of the course that students will have the necessary understanding to be better able to develop the strategic potentials of their companies when operating in the European market. The course comprises presentations about the EU institutions, the Single Market, the Euro, competition policy, labour market and industrial policy, external trade policy, and more. It is expected that students actively prepare and present a company case in a group presentation. The case will be allocated in the first session of the course.

The Course's development of competences:
The students will develop a general but practical knowledge of the EU policies that are most relevant for business, and will learn to evaluate the impact of EU primary and secondary legislation on the different business sectors.

Teaching methods
Lectures, student presentations and class discussions.
Further Information

Monday 11.40-14.25, week 44-49 and
Wednesday 12.35-15.10, week 44-49.
Changes in scedule may occur.

Expected literature

The course is based on a compendium of readings that will be communicated and made available in due time.


Last updated on 08-06-2015