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2017/2018  KAN-CICOO1003U  Financial and Legal Communication

English Title
Financial and Legal Communication

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Master of Arts (MA) in International Business Communication in English
Course coordinator
  • Christine Lenstrup - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Communication
Last updated on 09-11-2017

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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: The exam should demonstrate that, based on the theories and knowledge domains covered during the course, the students can
  • Understand specialised texts within the legal, financial and economic areas covered during the course, and select and reproduce relevant content of such specialised texts in a way that fits the frame of understanding of a new audience, e.g. a non-expert audience
  • Select communicative and linguistic strategies that match a given situational context and genre, and explain these choices
  • Implement a concrete communication by producing written texts in professional English based on the relevant strategic choices made in the given situational context
Financial and Legal Communication:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
At the retake the student must hand in a new assignment.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam assignment is a take-home assignment which can cover both legal and financial aspects of communication. There will be two practical assignments that will have to be composed, just as there will be a reflection on choices, strategies, terminology and form, genre and register. 


The student’s spelling and writing skills are taken into consideration in the overall assessment of the examination performance alongside the professional content and the reflection part. 

Course content and structure

The aim of the course is for students to acquire knowledge about selected areas within the domains of law, finance and economics, and to develop skills to communicate such knowledge in professional English across occupational sub-cultures and between experts and non-experts. Additionally, students will acquire theoretical communicative and linguistic knowledge required for successful professional communication.


The focus will be on selected areas within the knowledge domains of law, economics and finance. Examples of thematic modules covered during the course could be companies’ financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions and employment law. Furthermore, students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of communicative and linguistic aspects which are relevant for successful professional communication, including aspects such as genre and register, reformulation and popularization strategies, crisis communication strategies and argumentative structure.  


Students who wish to obtain the best possible understanding of the areas covered and who wish to develop their competences within these areas must be prepared to engage actively in classwork (e.g. workshops). Furthermore, students are expected to come prepared for the classes, since otherwise their benefit from the materials and activities will be limited.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods will vary, depending on the task at hand. The main components will be introductions by the teachers, (student) presentations, reflecting teams, analytical exercises, case study discussions, tutorials and written assignments relating to the case(s) used etc.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is given on a current basis in varying forms, depending on the work on which the feedback is given.
Student workload
Class hours 30 hours
Preparation for class 90 hours
Writing of exam paper 72 hours
Workshop activities 14 hours
Expected literature

A number of textbook chapters and journal articles, to be published on the course platform prior to semester start, covering the relevant knowledge domains and communicative and linguistic topics dealt with during the course.

Last updated on 09-11-2017