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2017/2018  KAN-CPOLO1039U  Interdisciplinary case based course

English Title
Interdisciplinary case based course

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Jasper Hotho - EGB
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • International political economy
  • Political Science
Last updated on 22-06-2017

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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:
  • analyze a complex situation by choosing and applying relevant theories and methods from the IBP curriculum to the situation,
  • justify the choice and application of theory and methods,
  • formulate and justify recommendations for actors based on the analysis.
Interdisciplinary case based course:
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 Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 5
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Students are allowed to write the exam individually without applying for exemption.
Assignment type Synopsis
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 Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If ill at the ordinary oral exam, students are entitled to attend the retake oral exam based on the written group synopsis handed in at the ordinary exam. The synopsis must be resubmitted.

Students failing the ordinary oral exam must hand in a new 5 page synopsis to the retake.

Students who failed to submit a synopsis for the ordinary exam must hand in a new 5 page synopsis.
Course content and structure

This course is a three-week intensive case-based course which builds on the three other core-courses in the first semester (IBS, IPE and Law).


The course focuses on decision-making problems in complex real-life or simulated real-life situations involving international business and politics. It includes cases from the private for-profit sector, the private non-profit sector, and the national or international public sector.  It draws on theories and methods presented in the program’s core courses in international business strategy, international political economy and international economic law.

Teaching methods
Lectures and tutorials
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take advantage of the ‘office hours’ offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work. Finally, please note that the course also offers a Q&A forum on Learn, which you are welcome to use to pose questions and solicit feedback.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 130 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 50 hours
Further Information

Please note that this is a highly demanding, advanced MSc course which encourages you to combine insights from the different sides of the IBP program; politics, business and law. We therefore strongly encourage you to complete the other core courses in the 1st semester before participating in the Interdisciplinary Case-based Course. The other core courses are International Political Economy, International Business Strategy, and the Fundamentals of International Economic Law. Taking this course before completion of the other core courses may hamper your participation in the course and your ability to complete the exam assignment.

Last updated on 22-06-2017