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2017/2018  BA-BPOLO1354U  Business and Global Governance

English Title
Business and Global Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Susana Borras - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
Last updated on 09-08-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: After completing the course students should be able to show empirical knowledge and analytical skills in the area of business and global governance, defined as i) non-market business strategies towards international and global institutions and governance arrangements, ii) how the international and global political, societal and institutional framework for business is shaped by businesses, NGOs, governments and international institutions, and iii), how global governance arrangements impact businesses.

Specifically, students should be able to:
  • Describe theoretical approaches to the study of business in global governance as presented in readings and lectures.
  • Formulate and answer research questions in business of global governance, using relevant theory from the course and following academic standards appropriate to a third year bachelor course
  • Apply these approaches to regulatory frameworks, institutions, and arrangements in the global political economy
  • Compare, evaluate and discuss approaches based on the syllabus and lectures.
Business and Global Governance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam Written sit-in exam
Assignment type: Written assignment
Duration: 4 hours
Aids:Closed book: no aids
Course content and structure

The course gives students factual knowledge of selected cases of business strategies and institutional forms, governance principles and regulatory content of major sources of international business regulation. It also covers important normative and explanatory theories and approaches to business and global governance as defined here. The approaches are discussed and compared based on their inherent theoretical strengths and weaknesses, and the course also stresses evaluation of their applicability in business practices and in empirical analysis.


The course includes classical empirical cases and theories, but it also emphasizes contemporary relevance of both cases and theories. Therefore the specific content and structure varies from year to year and is presented in the course plan on Learn.

The course gives a multifaceted understanding of the role of business in global governance, seen from both a business and a societal perspective.

The first week focuses on selected theoretical approaches to business in global governance, emphasizing perspectives on business lobbying and business strategies towards the political environment, as well as discussions of public versus private interests and the notion of regulatory capture.

Each of the following four weeks then focuses on a particular policy area: trade and investment, finance, innovation and technical standards, and sustainability. In each policy area we discuss analyses, drawn from the existing scholarly literature, of policy evolution and business involvement as political actor and/or target for regulations. In the discussions we draw on the theoretical perspectives presented in the first week, but we also consider the theoretical contributions found in the case studies.

Further details are posted on Learn.

Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions of topics from the readings.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course will use the IT-platform Socrative to provide students with feedback about their level of understanding during classes. The teachers will be available during office hours and other appointment hours to the students.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 152 hours
Lectures and workshops 32 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 24 hours
Last updated on 09-08-2017