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2019/2020  KAN-CPHIV1804U  Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Finance

English Title
Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Finance

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Christian Borch - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Finance
  • Sociology
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 21-05-2019

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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:
  • Demonstrate a thorough and critical understanding of the course literature.
  • Demonstrate an excellent ability to use the course literature and discussions to analyze problems with relation to the sociological and philosophical aspects of financial markets and financial institutions.
  • Demonstrate an excellent ability to communicate and discuss his or her findings and understanding of the subject and the course readings.
Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Finance:
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 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

"Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Finance" takes its point of departure in the increasingly important field of 'sociology of finance'. The aim of the course is to provide students with a solid understanding of the social aspects of present-day finance. This includes insights into the organizational dynamics of trading firms; developments of financial markets toward increasing computerization; and the role of financialization, i.e. the broader effects finance has on society. The course will have a particular focus on algorithmic finance, i.e. the use of fully automated algorithms for trading purposes (including so-called high-frequency trading). Teaching will be based on a mixture of lectures and student presentations (students will be assigned presentations in the first class).

Description of the teaching methods
The course will be taught as a mixture of lectures, class discussion, and student group presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback in relation to lectures is integrated into the respective classes. In relation to student group presentations each group will receive feedback on their presentation.
Student workload
Class teaching 30 hours
Preparation for classes 146 hours
Exam preparation 30 hours
Further Information

"Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Finance" is part of the minor in Financial Decision-Making in a Social Context. Priority is given to students who register for the full minor. In the case of vacant seats, students can register for one or more of the individual courses.

Last updated on 21-05-2019