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2019/2020  BA-BEOKV1009U  Between Theory and Practice: Self-Reflection towards Responsible Decision Making

English Title
Between Theory and Practice: Self-Reflection towards Responsible Decision Making

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 35
Study board
Study Board for BA in English and Organisational Communication
Course coordinator
  • Tali Padan - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Intercultural studies
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12-02-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Be able to reflect on their role in a group decision making process
  • Recognize the difference between theoretical understanding and practical experience and be able to reflect on the difference between the two.
  • Display awareness of majorities, minorities and the relationship between the two.
  • Display awareness of the mechanisms of exclusion in ourselves
  • Present a variety of ways to create more inclusive conditions in society.
  • Experience and reflect on their responsibility in different roles in different contexts.
Between Theory and Practice: Self-Reflection towards Responsible Decision Making:
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 Essay
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Hand-out on a specific date and time. 

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The aim of this course is to promote and support the process of self-reflection in the decision making process. Students will work through a series of activities that relate to democratic (and non-democratic) decision making. This forms the basis for conversations about freedom, equality, majorities, minorities and conflict, both in society and in the classroom. The class itself acts as the society and is given the opportunity to reflect not only on the topics 'out there' but also within the dynamics of the group itself, thereby making the discussions relevant and increasing the capacity to practice this type of reflection. Students will learn about decision making in theory and practice. They will learn about themselves and will be able to apply this knowledge in future decision making processes.

Description of the teaching methods
The course will contain a mix of methods. It will consist of lectures and in-depth discussions on the relevant topics, and it will also contain interactive, group activities, where groups work on a task and then come back to the larger group to reflect and discuss together. The course gives continuous opportunity to practice self-reflection, and it will also include the discomfort that comes with this kind of reflection. This will be supported by the course coordinator.

Students are expected to attend at-least 80% of the classes, as the final assignment draws on the content of the classes throughout the course.
Feedback during the teaching period
This takes place in connection with ongoing course exercises in class, comprising peer student response and discussions. Teacher-student exchanges are made throughout the course, and the teacher is available for personal office hours once a week.
Student workload
Attending course 30 hours
Course preparation 50 hours
Course assignments 56 hours
Preparing for exam 35 hours
Exam 35 hours
Expected literature

Abrams, D., & Hogg, M. A. (2010). Social identity and self-categorization. In J. F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick, & V. M. Esses (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination (pp. 179–193). London: Sage.

Bohm, David. (2013). On Dialogue. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


Krishnamurti, Jiddu (1964) Think on these things Harper & Row, New York.


Tajfel, H., & Turner, J. C. (1979). An integrative theory of intergroup conflict. In W. G. Austin & S. Worchel (Eds.), The social psychology of intergroup relations (pp. 33–47). Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Last updated on 12-02-2019