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2018/2019  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
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Nis Høyrup Christensen - Department of International Economics, Governance and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-06-2018

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Learning objectives
The First Year Project is the first major group-based student research project in the ASP. The aim is to get students to apply and expand their academic knowledge about theories and methods for analysing society and culture. In order to achieve this, we encourage students to work in groups. Here they must learn to identify and solve a particular problem and handle the challenges and benefits inherent in problem-based project work.

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
1st Year Project on Globalization and International Business:
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 Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-5
Size of written product Max. 30 pages
Definition of number of pages:
Groups of
2 students 20 pages max
3-5 students 30 pages max
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 external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take exam shall be based on the original project as the ordinary exam:

*if some of the group members fail the original exam: the re-take exam will be held as a group exam with the failed group members and based on the original project, which must be resubmitted.

*if the whole group fails: a substantially revised and improved version of the original project must be handed in.

Make-up exam due to documented ill at the ordinary oral exam: an individual oral exam (20 minutes per student) based on the original project.

Make-up exam due to documented illness and unable to participate during the writing of the project: an individual project must be submitted followed by an individual oral exam.
Description of the exam procedure

The written exam is handed in through Digital Exam.


Max. 1 hour total exam (including votation) per group.

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.
Description of the teaching methods
Introductory lectures are given.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is a main part of the sessions between the project group and their supervisor through the project process.

Student workload
Lectures 2 hours
Supervision and meeting prep 20 hours
Project research and work 185 hours
Examination 1 hours
Further Information

Please see the project manual for First Year Project on my.cbs for more details on the process.


Supervisor hours per group:

2 students - 8 hours

3 students - 10 hours

4-5 students - 12 hours


Supervision hours are offered in connection with the course during the semester and cannot be automatically transferred to the re-take period.  


Exemptions of any kind regarding the project and/or exam must be applied for by filling out a detailed exemption application - kindly see more information on my.cbs. 


In exemption cases where a student is granted permission for an individual exam the following allowances apply: 

Max. 20 pages

6 hours supervisor hours




Please note that this course will be discontinued and will be offered for the last time in spring 2019. The last exam in the course will be offered in summer 2020.


Last updated on 28-06-2018