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2019/2020  BA-BEBUO1011U  Business and European Governance

English Title
Business and European Governance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in European Business
Course coordinator
  • Susana Borras - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Intercultural studies
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 03-07-2019

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Learning objectives
After completing the course students should be able to:
  • Analyze in a detailed manner the Single European Market and EU's overall context for business.
  • Compare, evaluate and discuss the different situations in which European businesses might find themselves when operating in the Single European Market and in external markets related to EU trade agreements.
  • Be able to critically and thoroughly define the opportunities and challenges for European businesses in situations of new market openings.
  • Identify the business dilemmas and problems that might emerge as a result of changes/frameworks defined in the context of the European Union policies
  • Formulate and answer analytical questions on the basis of the learning goals above.
Business and European Governance:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course provides an in-depth focus on the European Union context for European business development. The European Union regulates and decides on a wide range of areas directly related to the daily issues for business. These EU regulations and decisions have to do with specific developments in the Single European Market and its adjacent policies, here including business in the external markets of EU most relevant trade partners. These EU regulations regulate the limits of business operations as well as new business opportunities in a larger and harmonized market. With a strong focus on business case studies, this advanced course gives the students factual knowledge about the EU policy context for business, and concrete examples of business challenges, dilemmas, opportunities or paradoxes, directly related to the EU context.


This course builds up from the previous course in the 1rst semester “European Business Framework” (EBF), in two essential ways. Firstly, whereas the EBF course gave a very general introduction about the history of the European Union, about the main institutions of the European Union, and about some of the European Union policies; the current course assumes the students have this basic knowledge, and takes an advanced approach and deeper look into 5 core topics that are relevant for business: free movement of goods and capital; labour market mobility and principles associated to freedom of movement of workers; competition policy; external trade; and single currency. After refreshing briefly the basics, the students will be presented with more advanced concepts and detailed aspects of the EU which are relevant for business. Secondly, and very importantly too, this is an advanced course that uses a case-based teaching method. This pedagogical method allows the students to learn about the complexity of real-life business situations in the European Union, and to be actively engaged in their own learning process by using the new concepts of this course into the analysis of the cases.

Description of the teaching methods
The course combines two types of teaching methods: lectures (with all the students together in one auditorium) and exercises of business cases (the students divided in 3 groups in seminar rooms). The lectures will be interactive, and the teacher will use different IT-based tools to support this interaction and engagement from students. The exercises will be also interactive, with a higher level of student participation. The case method is a teaching method extensively used in top business schools, and stimulates active learning of the students through intensive interaction and feed-back. Therefore students are expected to be particularly active during the exercises. The students have to read the case before attending the exercises. During the exercises, the cases will be analyzed and discussed in detail. This method will help the students building up some important analytical competences and to develop oral presentation skills. It will allow them to understand the complexity of the context in which European businesses operate today, and in particular the opportunities and challenges offered by the single market and other central aspects of the EU.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will get feedback during the lectures, the exercises and with 1 voluntary assignment. During the lectures, the teachers will give feedback using IT-tools (using "Socrative" or similar). During the exercises the teacher will give detailed feedback about each specific case. Moreover, the course has 1 individual voluntary assignment. The voluntary assignment will allow students to get feedback throughout the course about their performance. Apart from that, the teachers will be available during the office hours, if the students need feedback or have specific questions related to the content of the course.
Student workload
Preparation - reading literature for lectures and cases 139 hours
Actively attending lectures and exercises 35 hours
Actively discussing and working on cases during class 20 hours
1 voluntary assignment 12 hours
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Last updated on 03-07-2019